Biden Says 2020 Election ‘May Be Virtual’ and Ponders Drive-In Voting
Former Vice President Joe Biden has said that the 2020 election ‘may be virtual’ because of the Covid-19 global pandemic. Biden spoke to MSNBC’s Brian Williams on Tuesday about protections that might have to be put in place for November’s polls.
Biden suggested that the Democratic National Convention may not take place in Milwaukee in July as scheduled.
“It’s hard to envision that,” Biden said. “We ought to be able — we were able to do it in the middle of the Civil War all the way through to World War II — have Democratic and Republican conventions and primaries and elections and still have public safety. And we’re able to do both. But the fact is it may have to be different.”
Biden went on to say that this year’s elections could be altered to allow for more absentee voting or ‘may be virtual’. He even toyed with the idea of drive-in voting, similar to drive-in testing now taking place for Coronavirus. He insisted the elections would take place in any event.
“There’s no rationale for eliminating or delaying the election,” Biden said.
The Democratic front runner also disagreed with President Donald Trump about increasing access to remote voting. Trump has dismissed the idea claiming it would mean Republicans couldn’t win elections. The GOP has long opposed similar measures.
“This is about making sure that we’re able to conduct our democracy while we’re dealing with a pandemic,” Biden said. “There’s a lot of ways to do it, but we should be talking about it now.”