Trump wants to delay the 2020 Presidential election
President Trump has suggested delaying the November 2020 presidential election saying increased postal voting could lead to fraud and inaccurate results.
He suggests the election should be delayed until people could “properly, securely and safely” vote.
There is little evidence to support the President’s claims but he has long rallied against mail-in voting which he has said would be susceptible to fraud.
US states want to make postal voting easier due to public health concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.
Under the US constitution, Trump does not have the authority to postpone the election himself. Any delay would have to be approved by Congress. The president does not have the power over the two houses of Congress.
‘Embarrassment to the USA’
In a series of tweet, Trump said “universal mail-in voting” would make November’s vote the “most inaccurate and fraudulent election in history” and a “great embarrassment to the USA.”
He said – without providing evidence – that mail-in voting would be susceptible to foreign interference.
“The [Democrats] talk of foreign influence in voting, but they know that Mail-In Voting is an easy way for foreign countries to enter the race,” he said.
He said postal voting was “already proving to be a catastrophic disaster” in areas where it was being tried out.
In June, New York allowed voters to vote by post in the Democratic primary poll for the party’s presidential candidate. But there have been long delays in counting the ballots and the results are still unknown.
Is media report that there are further concerns that many ballots will not be counted because they were not filled in correctly or do not have postmarks on them that show they were sent before voting officially ended.
However, several other states have long conducted votes by post.
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