Biden says he will not let Trump ‘steal’ the election following reports that the president will prematurely declare himself the winner on Tuesday night if it appears he’s ahead
- ‘The president is not going to steal this election,’ Biden told reporters on Sunday when asked about Trump’s purported plans to declare an Election Night victory
- Trump denied the report from Axios, which said he intended to prematurely name himself the victor on Tuesday night even if the full results aren’t in
- But he did warn he is ready to send lawyers to dispute ballots in battlegrounds
- Several states will have just started counting their millions of mail-in ballots on Tuesday and won’t have the final results until days after the election
Joe Biden promised that he will not let Donald Trump ‘steal’ the election following a report that the president will prematurely declare himself the winner on Tuesday night if it appears he’s ahead.
‘My response is the president is not going to steal this election,’ Biden told reporters when asked about Trump’s purported plans, revealed by Axios, between campaign stops in Pennsylvania on Sunday.
Axios cited three sources who said Trump has privately discussed in detail potential November 3 scenarios – including walking up to the podium on Tuesday and declaring he has won before official Electoral College results are revealed.
Trump denied the claims, stating: ‘No, no that was a false report,’ after he landed in North Carolina for his third rally of the day.
But he did warn he is ready to send in lawyers to states like Pennsylvania to dispute ballots.
‘We’re going in the night of – as soon as the election is over – we’re going in with our lawyers,’ he said.
He and the Republican Party have been launching lawsuits in states extending the deadline to accept mail-in ballots.
‘If people wanted to get their ballots in, they should have gotten their ballots in long before that,’ he said.
The president has repeatedly called for a result to be declared on election night.
‘I don’t think it’s fair that we have to wait for a long period of time after the election,’ Trump said.
Biden promised that he will not let Trump ‘steal’ the election following a report that the president will prematurely declare himself the winner on Tuesday night if it appears he’s ahead
In a report on Sunday, Axios quoted three sources who said Trump has privately discussed in detail potential November 3 scenarios – including walking up to the podium on Tuesday and declaring he has won before official Electoral College results are revealed
Trump denied the Axios report, calling it ‘false’ as he landed in North Carolina for a rally
It’s likely some states will still not know which candidates are earning their Electoral College votes on Tuesday as record-setting numbers of voters have cast their ballot by mail in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar reminded NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ on Sunday morning that ‘elections have never been called on election night.’
She specifically pointed to the fact that some states allow servicemembers stationed overseas have a week after Election Day to cast their ballots.
Although Americans have become accustomed to knowing the winner of the presidential election in Election Night, that’s always based on news organizations’ projections based on partial counts.
Actual counts for presidential elections are rarely, if ever, done on the same day the election is held.
Several states have extended the period in which they will count mail-in ballots to accommodate for the influx.
Pennsylvania, for example, is accepting mail-in ballots up to the end of the week on Friday and North Carolina will still count ballots a whopping eight days after Election Day. North Carolina election officials insist 97 per cent of ballots will already be tallied and reported by Election Night.
Trump’s team is preparing to claim that mail-in ballots counted after Nov. 3 are evidence of election and voter fraud and will accuse Democrats of attempting to steal the election.
The president’s campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh said, ‘This is nothing but people trying to create doubt about a Trump victory. When he wins, he’s going to say so.’
The Supreme Court ruled that Pennsylvania and North Carolina can count their mail-in votes in the days following the election – meaning it’s highly unlikely the true winner will be known Tuesday evening.
Mail-in and absentee ballots are expected to favor Democrats, as these remote and early-voting measures traditionally do.
Millions more Americans than usual are mailing in their ballots in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic – and some states, mainly Pennsylvania, are allowing their states several extra days to count up the ballots before reporting a winner in the state
Several projections predict that on Election Night, it will appear President Trump is ahead in Pennsylvania, and then the state’s final outcome could change substantially in favor of Democratic nominee Joe Biden after mail-in ballots are counted.
With 20 Electoral College votes, Pennsylvania is one of the most influential and critical swing states for a 2020 victory. Florida, which holds 29 votes, is the most important for Trump to win to secure another four years.
The Keystone State’s election law prevents officials from counting mail-in ballots before Election Day comes around, and the Pennsylvania Secretary of State said Sunday morning that she is expecting as much as 10 times the amount of mail ballots as previous years.
‘Yes, it will take longer,’ Kathy Boockvar when asked about the time-line.
‘I expect that the overwhelming majority of ballots in Pennsylvania, that’s mail-in and absentee ballots, as well as in-person ballots, will be counted within a matter of days,’ Boockvar said.
Trump’s allies claim that for the president to actually go forward with declaring victory before the race is officially called, he would need to either win or have commanding leads in Texas, Iowa, Georgia and swing states of Ohio, Florida, North Carolina and Arizona.
Trump campaign senior adviser Jason Miller predicted Sunday that Trump ‘will be re-elected handily and no amount of post-election Democratic thievery will be able to change the results.’
He then accused that if Trump were to lose, it would be due to ‘hijinks or lawsuits or whatever kind of nonsense’ from Democrats.