Trump says mail-in voting will make ‘US laughing stock’

Trump says mail-in voting will make 'US laughing stock'
President Trump has criticised mail-in voting. Source: Reuters
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Daily US Times: President Donald Trump has said mail-in voting would make the US “a laughing stock”, as he continues his vocal opposition to postal voting.

It comes after the US Postal Service (USPS) warned on Friday that millions of mail-in votes may not arrive in time to be counted in November’s election.

A record number of people are expected to vote by mail due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Critics have blamed the new USPS head – a loyal supporter of President Trump – for a slowdown in deliveries.

Democrats, including former President Barack Obama, have accused Donald Trump of attacking postal voting and the USPS in a bid to “undermine the election”.

Mr Trump has repeatedly said mail-in voting will lead to voting fraud and give a boost to his rival Democrat Joe Biden.

But experts say the mail-in voting system, which Mr Trump himself uses, is safe from tampering.

Meanwhile, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, is considering recalling Congress early to address the changes introduced to the USPS and the potential impact on the 3 November election, Reuters news agency reports.

So far, only a handful of states have said they will holding universal mail voting, meaning that voters will automatically receive a postal ballot ahead of the election – and a number of these did so before the pandemic.

Elsewhere, voters will still have to request to cast their vote by mail.

What did Trump say?

On Saturday evening, while speaking at a news conference, the president said he had no issue with absentee voting, which he himself uses.

“Universal mail-in voting is going to be catastrophic, it’s going to make our country the laughing stock of the world,” he added.

He continued: “The problem with the mail-in voting, number one, is you’re never going to know when the election is over.”

The president went on to say that the result of November’s vote might not be known “for months or for years because these ballots are going to be lost, they’re going to be gone”.

Mr Trump also blamed the Democrats for failing to reach a deal on USPS funding.

He has previously told Fox News that he was blocking additional funding for the financially troubled USPS because he oppaoses mail-in voting.

Trump said: “Now they need that money in order to make the post office work so it can take all of these millions and millions of ballots.”

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