Donald Trump suggests delaying USA election due to mail-in voting

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President Trump has ramped up his rhetoric about the possible danger of large-scale voter fraud using mail-in ballots, asking whether the November 3 presidential election should be delayed "until people can properly, securely and safely vote", and warning that universal mail-in voting could make the 2020 vote "the most inaccurate and fraudulent election in history". "It will be a great embarrassment to the U.S.", he wrote in one tweet, asking, "Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???"

The president added: "It will be a great embarrassment to the USA". Congress would have to pass a bill - a highly unlikely proposition considering the divided control of the House and Senate - and assuming Trump would sign it into law, the new date would be subject to an immediate court challenge.

Mr. Trump trails former Vice President Joseph R. Biden by double digits in most national polls and is trailing the Democrat in several key battleground states.

Matthew Lebo, chair of political science at Western University, previously told Global News that mail-in voting does not substantially increase voter fraud, and if it does at all, it would be by a "tiny, tiny amount". Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida said the election will take place as planned, "be legitimate and.people should have confidence in it".

"I understand the president's concern about mail-in voting which is different from absentee voting".

Mr Trump has been widely criticised for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, which, besides claiming the highest toll of any country worldwide, has also dealt a severe blow to the economy.

Sen. Thom Tillis, a Republican from North Carolina, who like Trump faces a tough re-election bid, said the election would not be postponed. "We need to make sure that mail-in balloting is secure and we avoid situations like NY where the results of the election are delayed for weeks", Tillis spokesman Daniel Keylin said in an emailed reply to McClatchy.

The president seized attention today by floating the idea of delaying November's presidential election. But then he said this widespread mail-in balloting that people are talking about is insecure.

"Nothing President Trump says, does, or tweets can change that fact", he said. "But never in the history of the Federal elections have we not held an election and we should go forward", McCarthy told reporters Thursday.

Can Trump arbitrarily change the date of the presidential election (currently set for November 3, 2020)?

Any Michigan resident can request an absentee ballot, thanks to voter-approved changes to the state Constitution in 2018. But a blatant attempt by Trump to deny election results would nearly certainly be rejected, even by a court with a majority of its justices appointed by Republican presidents. As his poll numbers have dropped, he has been on a tear in suggesting that state moves toward mail-in voting will lead to voter fraud. What makes election officials confident that it is secure?

"No, I'm not going to just say 'yes.' I'm not going to say 'no, ' and I didn't last time, either", Trump said.

"Mark my words: I think he is gonna try to kick back the election somehow, come up with some rationale why it can't be held", Biden said.

Also, we do not believe mail-in voting should ever replace in-person voting, but should only be used as "an option for those who legitimately need it".