House GOP Leader McCarthy: 'We should go forward' with November 3 elections

McCarthy spoke shortly after President Trump posted a tweet suggesting elections be delayed over concerns of voter fraud

Updated: July 30, 2020 - 2:18pm

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Thursday that the Nov.3 election should go forward as planned, hours after President Trump's tweet floating the idea of a delay.

"I understand the president's concern about mail-in voting, which is different than absentee voting, but never in the history of the federal elections have we ever not held a federal election and we should go forward with our election," McCarthy said during a press conference.

"We should have absentee voting but this mass, just mailing out ballots without having any checks and balances without people requesting, really brings concern in there. But no way should we never not hold on our election on the day we have it," he also said, referring to states such as California that have decided to automatically mail ballots to all registered voters.

A delay to the election would require an act of Congress.

"With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history. It will be a great embarrassment to the USA. Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???" Trump tweeted.

McCarthy said that the public should recognize the difference between mail-in voting and absentee voting, which requires a registered voter to request a ballot.

"If you just mass mail ballots out, people have moved, voter rolls are not updated and that's where you have real problems in elections," the California Republican said. "We know that if this is mass mailing out and you don't have clean records you're going to have fraud in the process."