Trump suggests delay to 2020 US presidential election

Donald Trump has suggested November's US presidential election be postponed, saying increased postal voting could lead to fraud and inaccurate results.

The president said the election should be delayed until people could "properly, securely and safely" vote.




In a series of tweets, 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 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.

Trump also said postal voting was "already proving to be a catastrophic disaster" in areas where it was being tried out.
Trump has long railed against mail-in voting which he has said would be susceptible to fraud.

Some US states want to make postal voting easier due to public health concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.

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.

US media report that there are also 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.

Under the US constitution, President 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 direct power over the two houses of Congress.




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