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
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.