17:17 Thursday, 30 July 2020
He claims an increased number of mail-in votes would lead to voter fraud.
Donald Trump’s suggested delaying this year’s US presidential election.
He floated the idea in a tweet as he claimed an increased number of mail-in votes would lead to fraud.
His post came shortly after news that America’s economy shrunk by a third in the last quarter compared to last year.
With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history. It will be a great embarrassment to the USA. Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 30, 2020
NBC’s Peter Alexander is at the White House – and says the President’s suggestion follows poor polling numbers.
”There is no evidence of course of widespread voter fraud from mail-in voting, even in sates with all main-in votes”, he said.
”None of this happens in a vacuum, we’ve seen the poll numbers, the president trailing nationally by double digits, even in some swing states”.
Trump’s opponent Joe Biden last month he said: “This president is going to try to steal this election. This is the guy who said all mail-in ballots are fraudulent, voting by mail, while he sits behind a desk in the Oval Office and writes his mail-in ballot to vote in a primary.”
A delay to November’s election would require an act of Congress.