Senior Republicans have rejected a suggestion by Donald Trump to delay the US 2020 presidential election until Americans are able to turn out to the ballot box.
The president alleged yesterday that the mail-in voting system would produce the “most inaccurate and fraudulent election in history”.
He tweeted: “Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???”
Mr Trump said later in a White House press conference that he did not want to delay but that the postal system was “very, very unfair” to the country.
“If they do this our country will be a laughing stock all over the world because everyone knows it doesn’t work…do I want to see a date change? No, but I don’t want to see a crooked election.”
State politicians have been looking at making mail-in voting easier because of the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed more than 150,000 Americans.
The president does not have the power to delay an election as the unprecedented motion would have to be approved by Congress.
And that looks unlikely, with senior Republicans, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, dismissing the idea.
Senator McConnell the country will “find a way” for the poll to go ahead as scheduled on November 3, while Mr McCarthy said: “Never in the history of the federal elections have we ever not held an election and we should go forward with our election.”
According to national and state studies, there is no evidence of widespread mail-in voting fraud, although US media has reported concerns over possible counting delays and spoilt ballots.
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