WASHINGTON – With just 96 days remaining until the United States presidential election, incumbent Donald Trump warned on Thursday that widespread mail-in balloting amid the coronavirus pandemic will lead to massive fraud and questioned whether it might be better to delay the election until people can vote safely in person.
Due to COVID-19, numerous state-level authorities, the Democratic Party and civil-society organizations are promoting vote-by-mail in the Nov. 3 election, which not only will decide the presidency but also renew a third of the Senate seats and the entire House of Representatives.
“With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history. It will be a great embarrassment to the USA. Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???” Trump tweeted on Thursday.
Trump shocked the world in 2016 by defeating heavily favored Democratic Party nominee Hillary Clinton by a comfortable margin of 304-227 electoral votes, albeit thanks to narrow victories in some crucial swing states.
He currently is polling well behind his presumed Democratic rival this year, former Vice President Joe Biden, although he also trailed Clinton by big margins in the polls prior to Nov. 8, 2016.
In a July 19 interview with Fox News anchor Chris Wallace, Trump said when asked if he would accept an adverse result in the US presidential election that he would “have to see.”
“I’m not a good loser. I don’t like to lose. I don’t lose too often. … Look, Hillary Clinton asked me the same thing. … You know what, she’s the one who never accepted the loss,” Trump said then.
No national US election has been postponed in the 244-year history of the republic, not even the 1864 balloting that was held during the American Civil War.
The Constitution states that the US president does not have the legal authority to postpone or cancel an election.
“The Congress may determine the time of choosing the electors, and the day on which they shall give their votes, which day shall be the same throughout the United States,” it reads.