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Donald Trump calls for delay to 2020 US presidential election

The President of the US has called for November's presidential election to be postponed via Twitter, claiming that postal voting could lead to fraud and inaccurate results.

Donald Trump calls for delay to 2020 US presidential election
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Donald Trump has called for the November US presidential elections be postponed and suggested a delay until people can "properly, securely and safely" vote.

Trump, without evidence, repeated his claims of mail-in voter fraud and raised the question of a delay, writing: "delay the election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???"

No comment from White House

Representatives for the White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Trump has cast doubt on the legitimacy of mail-in ballots, which have been used in far greater numbers in primary elections amid the coronavirus pandemic. He has also made unsubstantiated allegations that voting will be rigged and has refused to say he would accept official election results if he lost.

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Democrats, including presumptive presidential nominee Joe Biden, have already begun preparations to protect voters and the election amid fears that Trump will try to interfere with the Nov. 3 election.

There was a hope that US states want to make postal voting easier due to public health concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.

In a tweet, Mr Trump said "universal mail-in voting" would make November's vote the "most inaccurate and fraudulent election in history" and a "great embarrassment to the USA".