If you're really suggesting no political parties, media or independent observers should be allowed to publish running exit counts, please say so.
Can the feds influence when ballot totals are announced isn’t at all the same Question as whether it would be legal to introduce a law, with words to the effect of "No results of any… election may be announced ...
No results of any congressional, senatorial, or presidential election may be announced until polls have closed in all participating states.
That might well be unconstitutional. The Constitution relegates control of federal-level elections to the states. What might be constitutional is a law that states that
All federal subsidies to states pertaining to ...
Federal-level elections in the US are a state matter. Every state does their own election according to their own laws. But there is precedent for the federal government to regulate the states in this regards, like with the voting rights act of 1965.
One possible constitutional challenge to such a law could be that prohibiting people from talking about the ...
Such a law would be pretty hard to square with the First Amendment. It is highly unlikely that the courts would allow the government to limit what journalists were allowed to report. Someone might make a case that there is a compelling public interest in preventing publication and cause some justice to create a balancing test that would allow such a law ...
There are a lot of things he could have done. Are they good? That's another topic.
** Could have done **
One thing he could have done better would have acted faster on the CDC and FDA. It wasn't as obvious initially but they were horribly and incompetently mismanaged that limited the pace at which they could respond. He resolved that fairly quickly and we ...
The president's role in any crisis situation is to create a calm, coherent, and (hopefully) effective national plan for addressing the crisis. This does not involve the President exercising executive power, exactly. It means that the president must exercise influence to create both a public attitude towards the crisis and a public framework under which the ...
what more could he have done that he didn't
Let's start here:
He could have imposed travel ban on some 40,000 American citizens that were in China at the same as the he imposed travel on foreign nationals that were in China.
(You will recall that Governors forbade entry/docking of American citizens on cruise ships until they had completed quarantine period)
Here's a non-exhaustive list:
Trump could've warned the American people about the dangers of the virus earlier, instead of downplaying the threat and constantly telling citizens it will "go away". Although to be fair, few countries took the danger seriously up until late February.
His administration initially told people not to wear masks and only ...
A President can:
lead by example.
listen to expert advice
coordinate response by the states / apply the "bully pulpit" to laggards that are underperforming
mobilize Federal departments, something on which he has authority
release Federal emergency stockpiles
display empathy and unify the nation
assist in passing emergency funding legislation
All of the President's authority in this regard flows from statutes enacted by Congress giving him such authority. Myriad statutes are potentially implicated, so there isn't a simple answer to what statutory authority is present.
The U.S. Constitution does not provide an independent source of authority for the President in this situation.