Donald Trump has wrongly claimed to have won the US presidential election before all votes were counted – and called the ballot ‘a fraud on the American people’.
The President is even going so far as to go to the Supreme Court to demand that the voting is stopped, as he goes head to head with Joe Biden in the race for the White House.
So just why is Trump threatening such action – and can he really get the voting stopped?
Why is Donald Trump threatening Supreme Court action over the election?
Trump has threatened Supreme Court action over the result as he appears to be concerned with the results of the postal vote, particularly the fact that votes in some states, such as Pennsylvania, can still be accepted up to three days after the election, as long as they are postmarked no later than election day.
Pennsylvania is one of the states where the result is likely to determine the outcome of the election – with votes in Michigan and Wisconsin also being seen as crucial.
The President appears to be expressing concern that the postal votes could be fraudulent, and could swing the result the Democrats’ way, handing Joe Biden the keys to the White House.
However the delay in allowing the postal votes to come in and be counted could mean it’s a few days before the winner is declared.
‘We’ll be going to the U.S. Supreme Court – we want all voting to stop,’ Trump said.
‘This is a fraud on the American public, this is an embarrassment to our country, we were getting ready to win this election, frankly we did win this election.’
Can Trump stop the votes from being counted?
Although Trump threatened to legally challenge the election, he did not explain how he planned to do it.
At this stage, it would seem unlikely that this would result in the vote count being stopped.
However, it could be a few days before we know who has won the election, given the amount of postal votes which were received this year.
These take longer to process since they need to go through a longer verification process to ensure they are not fraudulent.
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