Donald Trump suggests postponing US election due to postal vote – National


US President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Thursday morning and called for the postponement of the 2020 presidential election due to the postal vote.Trump has been tackling postal voting for months as health and government officials try to make voting easier and safer during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Health officials have said postal voting can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, but Trump has made it clear that he believes widespread postal voting will benefit Democrats in the November election.

“With universal postal voting (and not postal voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE and FRAUDULENT election in history. It will be a great embarrassment for the United States. Delay the elections until people can vote properly, safely and securely ??? He tweeted.

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Can Trump delay the election?

The US president does not have the power to change the date of the election. Federal Election Day is set by the US Congress and the Constitution does not provide for a postponement of the next presidential inauguration, which will take place on January 20, 2021.

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The 20th Amendment says that “the terms of the president and vice-president will end at noon on January 20. “

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According to NBC News, a change in the election date means a change in federal law and it would have to go through the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives and the Republican-controlled Senate.

Does postal voting increase fraud?

Matthew Lebo, director of political science at Western University, had previously told Global News that postal voting did not significantly increase voter fraud, and if it did, it would be “tiny, tiny.”

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Lebo said postal voting was “very safe,” like voting in person, and noted that five US states – Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Utah and Washington – have been voting by mail for years.

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All states allow at least part of the population to vote by post.

Lebo said global voter fraud happened “extremely rarely”.

“It happens a few dozen times in the United States, over a billion ballots in the 21st century,” he said. “It is a crime that does nothing for the criminal.”

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Trump has made unsubstantiated claims that the vote will be rigged and declined to say he will accept the official election results if he loses.

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Democrats, including presumptive presidential candidate Joe Biden, have already started preparations to protect voters and the election amid fears that Asset will try to interfere with the November 3 elections.

– With files from Hannah Jackson and Reuters of Global News

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