Donald Trump called for the postponement of the presidential election in November, saying that an increase in postal voting could lead to fraud and inaccurate results.
He suggested delaying until people could vote “correctly, reliably and safely.”
There is little evidence to support Mr Trump̵7;s claims, but he has long opposed mail voting, which he says could be fraudulent.
The United States wants to make it easier to vote by mail because of health problems related to the coronavirus pandemic.
In his essay, Mr Trump said the “postal vote” would make the November vote “the most inaccurate and fraudulent election in history” and “a great embarrassment to the United States”.
Earlier this month, six U.S. states planned to hold elections by mail this November: California, Utah, Hawaii, Colorado, Oregon and Washington.
These states automatically send mail ballots to all registered voters, who must then be sent back or denied on election day – although some personal voting is still available under certain limited circumstances.
- Does American postal voting lead to “huge fraud”?
About half of the US states allow any registered voter to vote by mail on request.
Critics of postal voting claim that people could vote more than once on absentee ballots and in person. In the past, Mr Trump has said there is a danger of “thousands and thousands of people sitting in someone’s living room signing ballots everywhere.”
However, according to numerous studies at the national and state levels, there has been no evidence of large-scale fraud for many years.