Donald Trump called for a postponement of the November presidential election, saying that an increased postal vote could lead to fraud and inaccurate results.
He suggested a delay until people could vote “correctly, safely and securely”.
There is little evidence to support Mr Trump̵7;s allegations, but he has long fought a postal vote he claimed could face fraud.
U.S. states want to make it easier to vote in the post office due to public health concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.
Trump said in a letter that a “universal vote in the post office” would make the November vote “the most accurate and worst fraudulent election in history” and “a great embarrassment to the United States.”
Earlier this month, six U.S. states planned to hold elections in November this year: “California, Utah, Hawaii, Colorado, Oregon and Washington.”
These states will automatically send postage to all registered voters, who must then be sent back or dropped on election day – although in certain limited circumstances some personal voting is still available.
- Does postal voting in the US lead to “huge fraud”?
Approximately half of the US states allow each registered voter to vote by mail on demand.
Critics of the postal ballot claim that people could vote more than once through ballots absent in person and in person. Mr Trump has said in the past that there is a risk of “thousands and thousands of people sitting in the living room signing ballots everywhere.”
However, according to many national and state studies, there has been no evidence of widespread fraud over the years.