President Donald Trump said on Monday that mail-in votes would result in "our country's great embarrassment" in November. The United States post office was unwilling to process the millions of ballots that are likely to come through its system and advised New York to repeat it. The main competition in June has not yet been decided.
The president has opposed the mail-in voting option that many countries are turning to to combat the spread of the corona virus.
He beat Nevada officials to approve an election by e-mail this November, pointing to an area code in the New York Congress on June 23 that remains undecided as a reason to fear postal ballot papers for the presidential election.
"There has never been such a push for postal ballot papers," said the president, not addressing concerns that long lines in polling booths could spread the corona virus.
President Donald Trump claimed that mail-in votes would "embarrass our country" this November, arguing that the United States Post Office was unwilling to process the millions of ballots that are likely to come through its system, and advised New York to repeat its June main competition, which remains undecided
A major New York Congress competition between Representative Carolyn Maloney and challenger Suraj Patel remains undecided six weeks later
He noted that New York's main democratic competition between Representative Carolyn Maloney and challenger Suraj Patel remains undecided. He asked the state to "repeat this race".
“If you look at the New York Congress race, which is a disaster, it was a total disaster. They're six weeks away now and they have no idea what's going on, and I think I can say here and now that you have to repeat this race because it's a mess. Nobody knows what happens to the ballots or the lost ballots and the fraudulent ballots, I think. I think you probably have to take the Carolyn Maloney race and run it over again. This is a small race with literally thousands of people, small thousands and everything is mixed up, ”he said.
Patel follows Maloney with around 3,700 votes, although more than 12,000 ballots have been disqualified, including approximately 1,200 that lack postmarks, he told the New York Times.
The State Board of Elections in New York said they had infected several workers with the corona virus and that left them behind in their count. Plus turnout was more than expected. In New York City alone, more than ten times the number of postal ballot papers has recently been received in other elections.
Trump reiterated his allegation that states like Nevada who want to vote via email use the pandemic to steal the elections.
"You're trying to get the postal vote with Covid," he said.
Cages loaded with ballot papers in the United Postal Service containers rest behind a worker in a Board of Elections facility in New York on Wednesday
Trump claimed that the U.S. postal system would not be able to process the millions of postal ballot papers that would go through his system for the general election
The president also accused the Post of not being willing to process the millions of ballots that are expected to come in through the postal system.
"I don't think the post has prepared for that," he said.
Some state election officials have raised similar concerns about the post office, but postal workers accuse that changes made by the new general postmaster – a major Republican contribution to Trump, appointed by the president – have caused delays in the post.
But President Trump claimed that it was the fault of online retailers like Amazon that contributed to the problem by using the post for their deliveries. Many online companies use a variety of delivery services – including Post, FedEx and UPS – for deliveries.
“How can Swiss Post be expected to handle it? They have regular mailing and they also have the internet where Amazon and these companies do all the shopping instead of going to a department store. So you go past. So you have a large number of purchases by post, purchases of items and gifts, and that is a huge burden for the post office, ”he complained during his press conference at the White House on Monday.
Trump added that the Republican Party in Nevada would sue to stop the mail-in vote as it sues in other states like California. The President began his Monday morning attack on the postal vote and accused Nevada of having carried out an "illegal late-night coup" by deciding to accept this option because Trump's Republicans' salvos could injure them at the ballot box in November .
Legislators in Nevada passed a law on Sunday that all postal ballot papers should vote in November. The governor is expected to sign it, which means Nevada will join several other states that have chosen this option to combat the coronavirus epidemic.
Trump and the Republicans have warned that despite repeated studies showing that this is not the case, such steps will lead to election fraud. The president condemned Nevada's move in a tweet Monday morning. The state is crucial for the November elections.
In an illegal late-night coup, the governor of the Nevada clubhouse made it impossible for Republicans to win the state. Swiss Post could never handle mail-in coordination without preparation. Steal the state with Covid. See you in court! ", He wrote.
President Donald Trump scolded a so-called "illegal late-night coup" in Nevada after the state decided to allow postal voting
Experts warn Americans that they won't know whether Trump or Joe Biden won on election night because it takes time to count mail-in votes. Election results can take a week or more
The Republican Party has filed lawsuits in several states, including California, expanding its options for mail-in voting in response to the pandemic. Seven states have decided to automatically send ballot papers to voters without having to request one. Five countries are already holding postal votes. And many other states have allowed the fear of the corona virus to be used as a reason for requesting a postal vote.
Trump has repeatedly carried out mail-in votes despite defending the postal ballot that he used in Florida’s presidential primaries and that he plans to use in the general election.
But Republicans are beginning to worry that the president's postal ballot attacks may prevent their own voters from using this option in November, which hurts them on election day.
Republican National Committee chairman Ronna McDaniel and Trump's advisors have warned the president that he could violate the GOP at the ballot box and asked him to promote postal voting, the Washington Post reported.
The president sent half a dozen tweets about the election, his approval rating and the coronavirus pandemic on Monday morning. He also claimed his visits to Texas and Florida last week showed strong support for his candidacy compared to rival Joe Biden.
“During my visits to Texas and Frorida (sp) last week, thousands and thousands of people gathered on the streets and highways, even (by far) larger than the amount in 2016. I saw no Biden followers and yet some in The fake news said it was an equal number. Sad! He tweeted.
However, mail-in voting remains a key issue for the president.
Trump has complained several times. Democrats use the corona virus to steal the elections by expanding the mail-in voting options.
However, the governors counter that mail-in polls are required to avoid long queues at polling stations. In addition, most election workers are pensioners who are at higher risk of the virus due to their age.
And studies show minor cases of election fraud in mail-in polls.
"The bottom line is that postal voting and postal voting are safe in America," Wendy Weiser, director of the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center, told CNN. "Election officials, Republicans and Democrats, in general, are pretty confident in the system."
In the meantime, experts warn that Americans are unlikely to know whether Trump or Joe Biden are the winners on election night, as many states are conducting mail-in polls.
According to a Washington Post analysis, at least 77 percent of voters can vote in the mail in November.
In many states, a postal ballot paper can be counted as long as the mail is marked on election day. This means that a final result may not be known until days after November 3.
The New York area code was already affected by mail-in voting, as the state has not yet completed the counting for several area codes that took place on June 23.
The week after the June 2 primary election, tens of thousands of ballot papers arrived in the Pennsylvania electoral office, many of which were counted by order of the governor. The state expects the same scenario in November.
“I don't think the average viewer has got enough of it that there won't be an election night. The usual razzmatazz of a panel discussing election results is dead, ”Brandon Finnigan, founder of the Decision Desk HQ, told The New York Times.
President Trump's tweets and news interviews have fueled electoral fears and caused Democrats to worry that he will try to delegitimize the elections.
"This president will try to steal the elections indirectly, arguing that postal ballot papers don't work – they're not real, they're not fair," Biden said last week of a virtual fundraiser.
Trump warned Friday that the United States would face its "biggest election catastrophe in history" with postal ballot papers used this fall.
"This will be the largest election catastrophe in history," Trump predicted for the November competition, adding that the results may never be known.
“You won't know the election results weeks, months, maybe years later. You may never know the result of the election. And that's what it's all about. It will be fixed. It's being manipulated, ”he said at an event with police chiefs at the White House.
"Watch what happens," he said.
Trump has recently refused to say whether he will accept what happens in November.
When asked by Axios & # 39; Jonathan Swan in an interview scheduled to air on HBO on Monday, the president would not say whether he would accept voters' will, but argued that Hillary Clinton had not accepted the 2016 elections .
Hillary Clinton didn't accept them. She still has never accepted it, «said Trump.
Clinton officially granted President Trump both in a private phone call and in a public speech after the election.
Trump questioned the legitimacy of using postal ballot papers in November, an option many states use to combat the spread of the corona virus. The president went so far as to suggest postponing the election.
Last week, Trump doubled its threat to delay the November election and raised concerns that mail-in polls could lead to "manipulated" and "crooked" results.
The president said in a brief press conference at the White House on Thursday evening that he did not want the elections to be delayed, but he also did not want mail-in ballots to be lost, indicating his rejection of mail-in. voting remains an issue related to the general election.
President Donald Trump doubled his threat to delay the November election and raised concerns that mail-in polls could lead to "manipulated" and "crooked" results
President Trump said he was concerned that mail-in polls, which many states are considering as an alternative to personal polls to combat the spread of the coronavirus, could result in missing ballots and a "rigged" election
Trump and some Republicans have raised the unproven claim that mail-in polls lead to fraud, and they have also questioned the ability of the U.S. Postal Service to deliver all ballots to the various state election bodies.
"We're asking for a lot of trouble," Trump said. & # 39; Do I want to see a date change? No, but I don't want to see crooked elections. This choice will be the most manipulated choice in history. & # 39;
More and more states are considering mail-in voting options to counter the coronavirus pandemic. The Republicans, however, believe that they prefer electoral blocks that Democrats vote and sue several states to stop the process.
"I don't want to hesitate," Trump added. & # 39; I want to have a choice. But I don't want to have to wait three months to find out that all the ballot papers are missing and the choice means nothing. That will happen. & # 39;
"And everyone knows," he added. & # 39; Smart people know it. Stupid people may not know. Some people don't want to talk about it. But you know it. & # 39;
In the meantime, the U.S. Postal Service has had backlogs of mail for days, raising concerns that the problem may continue into November and affect the election.
In addition, an internal postal service report warned that almost half of the states do not give workers enough time to cast ballots before the elections.
Several affected states are battlefields that could decide whether Trump or Biden is the next president, and the big cities – the hotbeds of democratic voters – are likely to be the hardest hit.
The U.S. Post Office is experiencing massive delays due to changes made by President Donald Trump's Postmaster General – delays that could affect the election
An internal report from the postal service warned that there are 24 countries whose deadlines are close enough to the election and which pose a high risk of not giving the post office time to deliver ballots before the election
Several affected states are battlefields that could decide whether Donald Trump or Joe Biden is the next president
However, the delays are the result of changes made by Trump donor shareholder and postmaster general Louis DeJoy, the Washington Post reported, which has led to allegations that the election is being undermined by politics.
President Trump and his republican allies attacked the U.S. post office and said the postal system could not be trusted to deliver postal ballot papers to the various state election bodies to be counted. The number of postal ballot papers is expected to be unusually high this year, as states expand this voting option to combat the spread of the corona virus.
Changes DeJoy has made include banning overtime pay, early sorting machine shutdown, and postman's obligation to leave mail to avoid additional journeys or late deliveries on routes. Its supporters say the measures are designed to reduce costs and help the indebted service to be in the black.
But postal workers told the newspaper that changes in parts of the country had caused a delay of at least two days, along with bins and bins with unsorted, undelivered mail that piled up in post offices.
In addition, many states use a postmark to determine whether a ballot is within the deadline or not, and processing delays can affect them. This means that a ballot paper that was sent on time may not yet have the postmark required by many countries on the day of the election to be counted.
An internal report from the postal service warned that there are 24 countries whose deadlines are close to the election and that there is no post before the election for the delivery of ballots or are at high risk.
The states include the battlefield states of New Hampshire, Maine, Michigan, Wisconsin, Georgia and Ohio.
"Ballots that are requested less than seven days before an election are at high risk of being undelivered, filled out by voters, and returned to the polling stations in good time," the report said.
Louis DeJoy is an American businessman and fundraiser for the Republican Party who was named 75th United States Postmaster General in May 2020 by a unanimous vote by the Board of Governors of the United States Postal Service
In Michigan, where enhanced mail-in voting options are used for the August 4 primary and general elections, officials are encouraging voters to personally post their postal ballots to their local employees.
"So close to elementary school, Michiganders should send their absentee ballot back to their employee's office directly or through their local ballot box to ensure that their vote is counted," Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said in a statement last week.
Benson became a target of Trump's anger in May when she sent postal ballot applications to the state's 7.7 million registered voters. In return, the president threatened to withhold federal funds from the state.
Postal workers spoke of their concerns about the November election.
"I'm actually afraid to see the election season with the new process," Lori Cash, president of the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) Local 183 in West New York, told The Post.
U.S. Postal Service spokesman David Partenheimer replied that the delays are temporary and will not affect the upcoming elections.
He called the allegations that DeJoy was taking instructions from President Trump "embarrassed and out of the base," and pointed out that the General Postmaster was appointed by a bipartisan board of governors.
The Michigan Postal Workers Union president, Michael Mize, described to a local news agency how workers were no longer allowed to stay in their distribution centers for a long time until all the mail was sorted for its route and ready for dispatch.
"Ultimately, if we do nothing, this will result in major delays in the long run," he said. He predicted that cities like Detroit and Grand Rapids would be hardest hit – areas where many democratic voters live.
The winner of the presidential election would not be sworn into office until Wednesday, January 20, 2021, which would give almost three months for all ballots to be counted.
In 2000, the winner of the George W. Bush and Al Gore contest was announced after numerous Florida recounts and a Supreme Court ruling on December 12.
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