Joe Biden pledged not to let Donald Trump "steal" the election after reporting that the president would declare himself the winner early Tuesday night if it turns out he is ahead.
"My answer is that the president will not steal this election," Biden told reporters when asked about Trump's alleged plans, which Axios revealed between the Pennsylvania election freezes on Sunday.
Axios cited three sources where Trump said he had privately discussed possible scenarios for Nov. 3 – including going to the podium on Tuesday and declaring he won before the official election college results were released.
Trump denied the claims by saying, "No, no, that was a false report" after landing in North Carolina for his third rally of the day.
But he warned he was ready to send lawyers to states like Pennsylvania to dispute ballot papers.
"We'll go on the night of – once the election is over – we'll go with our lawyers," he said.
He and the Republican Party have filed lawsuits in states extending the deadline for accepting postal ballot papers.
"If people wanted to cast their ballots, they should have cast their ballots long before that," he said.
The President has repeatedly requested that a result be announced on election night.
"I don't think it's fair that we have to wait a long time after the elections," said Trump.
Biden pledged that he would not let Trump "steal" the election after reporting that the president would declare himself the winner early Tuesday night if it turns out he is ahead
In a report on Sunday, Axios cited three sources alleging that Trump privately discussed potential November 3 scenarios – including going on the podium on Tuesday and declaring he won before the official election college results were released
Trump denied the Axios report, calling it "false" when he landed in North Carolina for a rally
It is likely that some states still do not know which candidates will receive their votes for the electoral college on Tuesday as a record number of voters cast their votes in the mail amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar reminded NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday morning that "no elections were ever called on election night."
She pointed out that some states allow soldiers stationed abroad to cast their ballots one week after election day.
Although Americans have got used to knowing the winner of the presidential election on election night, it is always based on the forecasts of the news organizations, which are based on partial counts.
Actual counts for presidential elections are rarely, if ever, carried out on the same day that the election is held.
Several states have increased the amount of time they count postal ballots to accommodate the influx.
Pennsylvania, for example, accepts postal ballots through the end of the week on Friday, and North Carolina will count ballots for a full eight days after election day. North Carolina election officials insist that 97 percent of ballots are counted and reported by election night.
Trump's team is preparing to claim that postal ballots counted after November 3 is evidence of election fraud and will accuse Democrats of attempting to steal the election.
President's communications director Tim Murtaugh said, “This is nothing more than people trying to cast doubt on a Trump victory. If he wins, he'll say so. & # 39;
The Supreme Court ruled that Pennsylvania and North Carolina can count their mail-in votes in the days following the election – meaning the real winner is highly unlikely to be revealed on Tuesday night.
Mail-in and absentee ballot papers are expected to favor Democrats, as has traditionally been the case with these remote voting and early voting measures.
Millions more Americans than usual are sending their ballots in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic – and some states, mostly Pennsylvania, allow their states several additional days to count ballots before reporting a winner in the state
Several predictions suggest that President Trump will come out on top on election night in Pennsylvania, and that the state’s final result after the postal votes are counted could change significantly in favor of Democratic candidate Joe Biden.
Pennsylvania is one of the most influential and critical swing states for a win in 2020 with 20 votes from Electoral College. Florida with 29 votes is the most important for Trump to win another four years.
Keystone State's electoral law prevents officials from counting postal ballots before election day comes, and the Pennsylvania Secretary of State said Sunday morning that she expected ten times the postal ballot as in previous years.
"Yes, it will take longer," asked Kathy Boockvar about the schedule.
"I expect the vast majority of Pennsylvania ballots, postal and postal ballot and personal ballot papers, will be counted within a few days," Boockvar said.
Trump's allies claim that to actually declare victory before the race is officially scheduled, the president must either win or take the lead in Texas, Iowa, Georgia and the swing states of Ohio, Florida, North Carolina and Arizona.
Trump campaign senior advisor Jason Miller predicted on Sunday that Trump "will be easily re-elected and post-election democratic theft can change the results."
He then accused that if Trump lost, it would be "hijinks or lawsuits or whatever nonsense" from Democrats.