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President Donald J. Trump at Fort Drum in August 2018. Watertown Daily Times

President Donald Trump on Thursday suggested postponing Election Day to avoid widespread voting by mail.

“With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history,” he wrote on Twitter. “It will be a great embarrassment to the USA.”

In his tweet, he didn’t offer evidence to support the claim that the type of voting would lead to an “inaccurate and fraudulent” outcome, or why absentee voting is “good” while mail-in voting is not.

In a statement issued Thursday, the state Attorney General Letitia A. James said, “New York will lead in fighting any of President Trump’s efforts to delay the election and deny our right to vote. We are examining all legal options.”

Traditionally, mail-in absentee ballots have been used when people physically can’t get to the polls. Some have considered more widespread vote-by-mail options during the coronavirus pandemic.

Could the November election be delayed?

States could postpone the dates their residents hit the polls, but they must send in their electoral votes by Dec. 23, according to the U.S. Constitution Center.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

Times staff contributed to this report.

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rockloper

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/republicans-reject-trump-delay-election_n_5f235542c5b6a34284b88bf6?guccounter=1

rockloper

Listen to all the whiny republicans making excuses to keep tRUMP out of prison a bit longer.

Melanie in WA

The pResident is a lying liar when it comes to Vote-By-Mail. The is no such thing as " Universal" mail in voting. Only REGISTERED voters are mailed voters pamphlets and BALLOTS. Not everone nationwide. Washington state has had statewide vote-by-mail for years and it has worked very well.

The pResident has provided no,nada,,none, proof of same and knows if he were to actually read he would indeed find voter fraud but he would be very very disappointed in want he read. He has already stated that if vote -by- mail is enacted nationwide he's a loser and will take many down ticket republican candidates with him.

Holmes

Another catatonic Trump hater. Mail in voting is a democrat dream, rife with fraud by mail.

https://justthenews.com/politics-policy/elections/yes-america-there-voter-fraud-these-recent-cases-prove-it

Melanie in WA

Which article are you referencing in that rag.

Melanie in WA

Not a hater,just a well informed voter. I noticed there was no mention of ballot harvesting on behalf of the republicans that occur in Georgia. Fill out signed ballots to reflect the republican party.

Eagle24

Holmes...at least with mail in voting you and POTUS will have an excuse why he loses in November.. You might want to re-think mail in voting... you need some reason to make the election results bogus...

rockloper

As if I should feel ashamed of hating tRUMP? That's a laugher!

rockloper

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Rambo

The Dems and main stream news just does not get it. They ( dems) are trying everything it stop this country from opening up like schools, business, $600 per week unemployment benefits better than going back to work , voting by mail rather than going to the polls etc. because of Covid-19 .

All Trump is really saying is fo you can’t do that maybe we should postpone the election as it’s dangerous to go out in public.

Please also note that CBS did a trail mailing of ballots in the NYC area and stated today it didn’t work. It was a mess!!! Mail in voting and absentee voting are two different things and absentee has worked for years. It comes from your own voting district and you have to ask for it.

Trump is better than they (the dems) are and has done more in the 3.5 years he has been in office than any president in my lifetime. Note I am 77 years old.

They just can’t get over that they lost with Hillary by an outsider in 2016.

Melanie in WA

Simply put total garbage.

Melanie in WA

"All Trump is really saying is fo you can’t do that maybe we should postpone the election as it’s dangerous to go out in public."

If you believe that tripe I have some ocean front property in Nevada I'd like to sell you.

The truth is that the pResident has already admitted that he would lose if nationwide Vote-by-Mail is enacted . If you are truly interested in FACTS check how Oregon,Washington state have implemented Vote-By-Mail for many years without rampant voter fraud. Voters ballots are mailed only to registered voters. Note I am 68 yrs young, former resident of Watertown and sadly glad that I escaped.

No matter how you vote or who you vote for VOTE.

Holmes

Time to get over 2016. PS, if you can stand in line at Walmart or Home Depot, you can stand in line to vote...

Pitbull

Thank you for the reminder! I'll vote Trump and Stefanik. They are strong and unique candidates, for sure, but honestly I'd vote for a barbequed chicken to prevent Slow Joe, his radical sidekick, and flaky Tedra from doing this damage to America.

rockloper

Hillary didn't lose.

Pitbull

So rocky and the other flying squirrels speculate on how Trump will not accept a defeat yet 3.7 years later they cant accept the ELECTORAL COLLEGE defeat of Hillary? This is the height of hypocrisy. Sadly, it's nothing new.

Melanie in WA

It's rather comical that they are the ones who can't get over Hillary since I saw no reference to her in this thread. Evidently they are the ones that can't believe it's 2020 not 2016. It's 2020 but may look a lot like 2018 come Nov. If they get my drift

Rambo

Hater’s except for about 3 of us and actually they (the haters) really don’t know what is going on. Oh Well

Melanie in WA

And you do? LOL

rockloper

The 'haters' care for our democracy while you care for anarchy. Not hard to figure out. tRUMP is a minority president by the wishes of a majority of the people. Minorities rights should be dealt with but they shouldn't rule.

Eagle24

Rambo - "dangerous to go out in public"... OMG, seriously?? So, it's OK for his rallies...?? Maybe contact Herman Cain 's family for their thoughts.. This is a war on Covid and stupidity... at your age you should be smarter..better than Reagan??? seriously??

rockloper

Wow Rambo, you are truly delusional. You guys still think he is cleaning the swamp. Time to look at some real news and admit he IS the swamp.

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