Precedent for Delaying the Election?

by Eliana Johnson

We noted earlier that the Obama campaign had no comment on whether the President is considering delaying or altering Election Day in any way. Now comes NBC’s Chuck Todd, who tells us there’s precedent for postponing the election:

Look, there is some precedent to this. During 9/11 – on 9/11 – was the New York City mayoral race, and they delayed everything. You know, it would have to be up to a local authority to do that, but that local authority, I mean, I think, look, you’re going to be getting into all sorts of provisional ballot issues, I think that that’s the more likely scenario. You don’t postpone the day itself, but maybe you expand the types of ballots, maybe you’re more lenient on checking people in, but forcing provisional votes, so it’s going to take longer to verify the voters, I think that that’s the most likely scenario, is that you would have some localities that would have to move, change positions, maybe even delay, but that would seem the least likely option.

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