PIERRE, S.D. — South Dakota’s congressional delegation Thursday said no to President Donald Trump’s suggestion to delay Election Day.
“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 on Thursday, July 30 .
U.S. Rep. Dusty Johnson, R-S.D., tweeted later that “Moving Election Day would seriously jeopardize the legitimacy of the election. Federal, state and local officials need to continue to work hard to ensure that Americans can vote safely, whether by voting early or on November 3.”
Sen. John Thune, R-South Dakota, told CNN on Thursday that he did not think there would be a delay of Election Day.
"I think that's probably a statement that gets some press attention, but I doubt it gets any serious traction," Thune told CNN.
"I think we've had elections every November since about 1788, and I expect that will be the case again this year," he said.
Sen. Mike Rounds commented on Trump’s tweet during a media call Thursday, saying that he doesn’t think Trump will delay Election Day, nor does anyone else.
“I like the way we do it in South Dakota where you can go out and send out requests for ballots," Rounds said. "But then you’ve got to make darn sure that the folks sending out the ballots themselves are who they say they are.
"The only thing I would like to see is make the guideline very clear that they have to be received by the deadline to make it count."