Donald Trump called for the November presidential election to be postponed, saying an increase in postal voting could lead to fraud and inaccurate results.
He did not suggest delays until people could vote “properly, safely and securely”.
There is little evidence to support Mr. Trump̵7;s claims but he has long been opposed to the postal vote, which he said is prone to fraud.
U.S. states want to make postal voting easier because of public health concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.
In a tweet, Mr. Trump said a “universal e-mail vote” would make the November vote “the most accurate and fraudulent election in history” and “a big embarrassment for the United States.”
Earlier this month, six U.S. states were planning to hold “e-mail” elections next November: California, Utah, Hawaii, Colorado, Oregon and Washington.
These states automatically send postal ballots to all registered voters, who must then be returned or stopped on election day – although some in-person voting is still available in certain limited circumstances.
- Does the U.S. postal vote lead to ‘tremendous fraud’?
About half of U.S. states allow every registered voter to vote by mail upon request.
Critics of postal voting argue that people can vote more than once through absent and in-person voting. Mr Trump has in the past said there was a risk that “thousands and thousands of people would sit in someone’s room, signing all the ballots on the spot”.
However, there is no evidence of widespread fraud, according to several studies at national and state level over the years.