Donald Trump suggests postponing the 2020 US presidential election

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Donald Trump called for the postponement of the November presidential election, saying the increase in postal voting could lead to fraud and inaccurate results.

He suggested a delay until people can vote “properly, safely and securely”.

There is little evidence to support Mr. Trump’s claims, but he has long spoken out against postal voting which he says is susceptible to fraud.

U.S. states want to facilitate postal voting due to public health concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic.

In a series of tweets, Mr. Trump said that “universal postal voting” would make the November vote “the most inaccurate and fraudulent election in history” and “a great embarrassment to the United States.”

He suggested – without providing any evidence – that postal voting, as it is known in the United States, would be susceptible to foreign interference.

“Democrats talk about foreign influence in the vote, but they know that postal voting is an easy way for foreign countries to enter the race,” he said.

Mr Trump also said postal voting “is already proving to be a catastrophic disaster” in areas where it is being tested.

Earlier this month, six US states planned to hold “mail-order” elections in November: California, Utah, Hawaii, Colorado, Oregon and Washington.

These states will automatically send out postal ballots to all registered voters, which will then need to be returned or cast on election day – although some in-person votes are still available in certain limited circumstances.

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About half of US states allow any registered voter to vote by mail on demand.

Critics of postal voting argue that people could vote more than once per absent ballot and in person. Mr. Trump has in the past said there is a risk that “thousands upon thousands of people sitting in someone’s living room signing ballots everywhere.”

However, there is no evidence of widespread fraud, according to numerous national and state studies over the years.



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