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POLITICS: House Votes Against Postponement of Elections

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posted on Jul, 27 2004 @ 12:34 AM
House Resolution 728: The House passed a bill recently expressing their view that no terrorist attack would postpone the election. As well, the bill stated that no single agency or individual should be given the power to do such. The bill was passed by a vote of 419-2.
Whereas regularly scheduled Federal elections took place as scheduled during the Civil War, World War I, and World War II

Whereas in the event that such a horrific attack were to occur, the actions of millions of Americans across the Nation casting their ballots would demonstrate powerfully the strength and resilience of our democracy

Whereas under section 4 of article II of the Constitution, Congress has the authority to determine the date on which a Presidential election shall take place

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

Seems the House is fighting this, still no word on how this is playing out in the Senate... Good to know the House is on our side to such an overwhelming extent. I recommend checking out the website often and clicking on Currently on the House Floor to see whats going on in the House. Recently, the DoD budget was passed, an iniative to protect aircraft from terrorism/military, and a special budget for Department of Transportation for researching.

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posted on Jul, 27 2004 @ 08:47 AM
I'm glad they oppose the idea of postponing the election. Why does the House want to fight this? What if they know something to later on say they didn't know a thing? Kinda seems like this government is starting to fall apart.

posted on Jul, 27 2004 @ 10:02 AM
The two ashhats who voted against the resolution were Reps. Brian Baird, D-Wash., and Scott McInnis, R-Colo. I wonder why.

Also thirteen chicken poops didn't vote on the measure.

posted on Jul, 27 2004 @ 06:22 PM
Yea, I'd like to think the House is a lot more powerful than we'd like to think. It's good to see some real democracy in action. I wonder though if this will prevent the postponement of the elections or if its merely a recommendation to the executive power.

posted on Jul, 27 2004 @ 07:56 PM
It's pretty simple, I think. It's the House saying, "uh no you don't!" to the idea that say the Secretary of Homeland Security or whoever could unilaterally postpone or change elections.

It doesn't meant that it wouldn't necessarily happen, but it would take, literally, an act of Congress to do so.

It's a good idea, your Constitution at work. Congress has authority to determine the manner and time of the presidential elections, and the states have the authority to determine the details of the voting of their electors, and the Constitution has authority over the numbers of electors per state.

Obviously an incumbent president could be perceived as having substantial interest in modifying the time of elections---say as in Parlimentary systems when the government in power can call a snap election when it thinks its time is right (i.e. high in the polls).

The authors of the Constitution, rightly, thought that was a bad idea. I agree---it is one less political issue that people can whine about here.


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