Donald Trump suggests delaying 2020 US presidential election


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Donald Trump has called for the postponement of the November presidential election, saying that increased postal voting could lead to fraud and wrong results.

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

There is little evidence to support Mr. Trump’s claims but he has long been in jail against mail-in voting, which he said would be susceptible to fraud.

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In a series of tweets, Mr Trump said that “universal mail-in voting” would make the November vote “the most inaccurate and bogus election in history” and “a great embarrassment for the USA”.

He suggested – without giving any evidence – that mail-in voting, as it is known in America, would be susceptible to foreign interference.

“The Dems speak 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.

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

Earlier this month, six US states were planning to hold an “all-mail” ballot election this November: California, Utah, Hawaii, Colorado, Oregon and Washington.

These states will automatically send postal ballots to all registered voters, who have to be sent back or dropped on election day – although some person-to-person voting is still available only in some limited circumstances.

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About half of US states allow any registered voter to vote by post upon request.

Critics of postal voting argue that people can vote more than once through absentee ballots and in person. Mr Trump has said in the past that “there was a risk of sitting thousands and thousands of people in someone’s living room, signing the ballot everywhere”.

However, according to several nationwide and state-level studies nationwide, there is no evidence of widespread fraud.

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