On Thursday, Trump drew immediate disapproval across the political spectrum after proposing to postpone the Nov. 3 election and claiming without proof that widespread email voting would be a “catastrophic disaster” leading to fraudulent results. reporters
State governments have increasingly adopted e-mail voting in response to the pandemic, viewing it as a way to have fewer people at risk of infection while issuing ballots in a personalized manner. Democrats seized on Trump̵7;s proposal, suggesting it was evidence he feared losing to his party’s alleged candidate, Joe Biden, who has led the polls.
Hong Kong President Carrie Lam said at a news conference that she invoked emergency powers to postpone the vote, unprecedented in the city’s political history since Britain’s surrender to China in 1997. the election, he said, was the “most difficult” decision he has had to make since the virus began in January.
Because of the pandemic, “we could not meet the requirements of an open and fair election,” he said.
Opposition politicians and observers characterized the movement as designed to stack the political system with those loyal to the Chinese Communist Party and snatch moderate political opposition in Hong Kong.
McEnany said from the White House podium that the postponement “undermines the democratic processes and freedoms that have underpinned Hong Kong’s prosperity, and this is only the latest in a growing list of unfulfilled promises by Beijing.”
Trump raised the idea of delaying the U.S. presidential election in a tweet Thursday morning, which concluded with the question, “Delaying the election until people can vote properly, safely and securely ???”
At a post-day press conference, he said that while he does not want to delay the Nov. 3 vote, the alternative is a “tortured election” that could take months or even years to resolve, suggesting he is willing. to dispute the result if you lose.
Speaking to reporters on Friday, Trump said he would prefer to hold elections as soon as possible, but predicted it would be “catastrophic for our nation” if there were widespread email votes.
“You won’t know the election result for weeks, months, maybe years later,” Trump said. “You may never know the outcome of the election, and that’s what worries me. It will be fixed. It will be equipped. People should be smart.
Trump pointed to congressional elections in New York in which email ballots are still being counted several weeks after election day.
“Everyone knows email ballots are a disaster,” he said.
Trump sought to distinguish between absent voting, saying it ensures more security and other forms of email voting.
“These governors will send millions of ballots. They don’t even know where to send them, “Trump said.
Shibani Mahtani in Hong Kong and Amy Gardner in Washington contributed to this report.