U.S. Post has sent letters to most states across the country warning that millions of mailed ballots for the November presidential election may not arrive in time to be counted, U.S. media reported.
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The letters, dated July 29 and sent to election officials in 46 states and the capital, Washington, explain that even if voters meet deadlines in their jurisdiction, the United States Postal Service (USPS) could not guarantee delivery on time, according to the daily Washington post Friday.
An unprecedented number of postal votes is expected for the presidential election on November 3, due in particular to the coronavirus pandemic.
Lagging behind in the polls to stay in the White House, President Donald Trump has launched a smear campaign against postal voting, which he fears will favor his Democratic opponent Joe Biden.
“Democrats know that the 2020 election will be a fraudulent mess. We may never know who won! ”He tweeted again on Saturday morning.
The Republican billionaire openly admitted this week that restricting the action of the United States Postal Service, including limiting its resources before the election, would have an impact on postal voting procedures.
He has repeatedly said that postal voting can lead to large-scale electoral fraud, a baseless claim.
Former President Barack Obama criticized the “attempts to undermine the election” of his successor, saying on Twitter Friday that the current government was “more concerned with the suppression of votes than with a virus.”
Despite its warning letters to states, the USPS said it was “well prepared and fully capable of delivering America’s election mail,” in a statement quoted by CNN.
Donald Trump, who votes by mail himself, has made it clear that he believes Democrats will garner more votes if the practice becomes widespread.
The postal vote “is not in favor of Republicans,” he said in April.