President Donald Trump suggested postponing the 2020 US presidential election, saying increased postal voting could lead to fraud and inaccurate results.
He floated a delay until people could “properly, securely and safely” vote.
The president has long railed against mail-in voting which he has said would be susceptible to fraud. However, there is little evidence supporting the president’s claim. Also Read– Donald Trump’s new 100-day strategy
US states aim to make postal voting easier due to public health concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.
Under the US constitution, President Trump does not have the authority to postpone the election himself. Delays would have to be approved by Congress because the president does not have direct power over the two houses of Congress.
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In a series of tweets, Mr 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 suggested – without any evidence – that mail-in voting, as it is known in the US, 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.
Mr Trump also said postal voting was “already proving to be a catastrophic disaster” in areas where it was being tried out.
Postal voting causes long delays in counting the ballots. In June, New York allowed voters to vote by mail in the Democratic primary poll for the party’s presidential candidate. The results of the voting are still unknown. Furthermore, US media reports say there are concerns some ballots will not be counted because they were not filled in correctly.