WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Thursday (Jul 30) raised the possibility of delaying the nation's November presidential election despite its date being enshrined in the US Constitution.
Trump, without evidence, repeated his claims of mail-in voter fraud, tweeting: "Delay the election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???"
"With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history. It will be a great embarrassment to the USA."
Representatives for the White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Only Congress can change the election date, which is set by law on Nov 3. With Democrats ruling the Lower House, that seems highly unlikely to happen.
Trump has previously cast doubt on the legitimacy of mail-in ballots, which have been used in far greater numbers in primary elections amid the COVID-19 pandemic. He has also claimed that voting will be rigged and has refused to say he would accept official election results if he lost.
The coronavirus pandemic remains out of control in swaths of the United States, including most recently in Republican-led states like Florida and Texas. The number of cases in the US topped 4 million on Thursday.
During the presidential primary contests earlier this year, several states delayed voting or opened fewer polling sites.