Faced with the possibility of election fraud and threats of violence in the streets, President Trump insisted in his speech in Georgia on Sunday, Nov. 1 that ballots arriving after Nov. 3 must not be received or counted.
As reported by Fox News, President Donald Trump on Sunday night at a rally in Rome, Georgia, reiterated his position that the elections should end on Nov. 3 as stipulated from the beginning.
During his speech, he criticized last week’s Supreme Court rulings that authorized North Carolina and Pennsylvania to extend the period for receiving and counting ballots for the upcoming elections by 9 and 3 days respectively.
The Trump administration considers it risky for democratic stability and security on the streets to extend the deadlines for receiving ballots beyond the originally agreed date, arguing that this situation could lend itself to possible fraud.
On Wednesday last week, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to reject North Carolina’s decision to allow absentee ballots to be received and counted up to nine days after Nov. 3. The decision to extend the receipt of ballots was made by the state Board of Elections.
According to reports, Republican legislators accused the election board of abusing its authority with the extension.
“Immediate relief is required to ensure that this unconstitutional usurpation of power and ‘changing the rules of the game in the middle of an election’ is not allowed to stand and to avoid the specter of a post-election dispute over the validity of ballots received during the disputed period in North Carolina,” says the request for injunctive relief sent by the Republicans.
Wednesday’s decision came after a U.S. Court of Appeals ruled last week that the extension could be maintained.
President Trump in his speech Sunday was critical of the Supreme Court and said the extensions, which have been opposed by Republican lawmakers, could allow “bad things to happen in places like Pennsylvania and Nevada.”
“If you know what would have been really nice? If our Supreme Court could have ruled that everything has to be counted by the evening of our Election Day, instead of waiting around six days, eight days, nine days, giving them more time,” Trump said. “If they want more time, let them put their ballots in early. They don’t have to wait until the end.”
While most states count ballots received by mail after Election Day, this is only true for those postmarked on or before Nov. 3. The main problem for the Trump administration and its legislators is the circulation of ballots because of the permission to receive them after the original date.