Press Release

Rep. Cuellar: Mr. President, Only Congress Can Change the Date of Our Elections

Washington | Charlotte Laracy, DC Press Secretary (202-226-1583); Alexis Torres, District Press Secretary (956-286-6007), July 30, 2020

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) issued the following statement today in response to President Trump’s tweet, which promoted misinformation about mail-in ballots and proposed delaying Election Day:

“The date of our elections is set in statute as ‘the Tuesday next after the first Monday in the month of November,’ which this year is November 3. The Constitution states that only Congress can change the date of our elections. My colleagues and I in Congress will never consider changing the date of our election to accommodate the President’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. We cannot give credence to the misinformation he spreads regarding the safety and validity of voting by mail.

“America has never postponed a presidential election—not through two World Wars, a Civil War, the Spanish flu, or terrorist attacks. As a nation, we will move forward and vote this November. As a senior Member of the Appropriations Committee, I helped secure $3.6 billion in the Heroes Act to help state and local governments prepare for upcoming elections by expanding vote-by-mail and early in-person voting to reduce crowding on Election Day. I urge the Senate to pass this legislation now to ensure the integrity and security of our elections.”