Donald Trump says it would be ‘very nice’ to find out who wins the election on November 3rd after Supreme Court decides Wisconsin can refuse to accept mail ballots that arrive after Election Day
- Trump tweeted last week: ‘Must know Election results on the night of the Election, not days, months, or even years later!’
- He may have walked back the comment Tuesday when he said it would be ‘very, very proper and very nice if a winner were declared’
- Supreme Court issued a decision Monday allowing Wisconsin to demand ballots be received by Election Day
- Democrats are scrambling to get 360,000 absentee ballots returned on time
- Court allowed Pennsylvania to accept ballots later, but the case could come back
- Effort to get new Justice Amy Coney Barrett to recuse from the case – she took her oath on Tuesday, just a week before the election
President Donald Trump appeared to dial back his demand that the results of the election ‘must’ be known by Election Day amid escalating legal battles – saying it would be ‘very nice’ to have a winner declared.
Trump made his comment outside the White House amid record early voting following a huge push by Democrats to bank their voters early in an election that could shatter turnout records.
‘It would be very, very proper and very nice if a winner were declared on November 3 instead of counting ballots for two weeks which is totally inappropriate and I don’t believe that that’s by our laws,’ Trump said as he headed out on a campaign trip to Michigan, Wisconsin, and Nebraska.
President Donald Trump talks to members of the media outside of the White House on October 27, 2020 in Washington, DC. President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump are heading to campaign rallies in Wisconsin and Nebraska. ‘It would be very, very proper and very nice if a winner were declared on November 3 instead of counting ballots for two weeks which is totally inappropriate,’ Trump said
His language was less demanding than a tweet last week, where he wrote: ‘Must know Election results on the night of the Election, not days, months, or even years later!’
In practice, states routinely count votes from military members, overseas ballots, or absentee ballots that come in after Election Day, so long as they have a postmark by the deadline.
TV networks make their election night predictions based on early counts and projections of outstanding vote. States routinely take weeks to complete a full count. State officials certify votes, which triggers electors meeting in Congress.
Trump has revived his past claims, without evidence, that mail-in ballots lead to widespread fraud.
‘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. Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???’ he wrote this summer.
Trump’s comments come after critical court rulings in battleground states that will determine the winner.
On Monday, the Supreme Court in a 5-3 decision ruled against revisiting a lower court ruling that would have extended the time when Wisconsin votes can come in and be counted. The decision set Democrats in Wisconsin rushing to get ballots in the mail to get them counted by the deadline.
The cased was based on a lower federal court’s ruling.
In another ruling last week, the court by 4-4 was deadlocked on a Pennsylvania decision, allowing changes to go into effect there.
State Republicans are back in court trying to roll back Pennsylvania’s extension of voting deadlines. The Luzerne County Board of Elections has filed a motion seeking to get the court’s newest Justice, Amy Coney Barrett to recuse herself. She was administered the official oath by Chief Justice John Roberts on Tuesday.
Barrett didn’t say during her confirmation hearings whether she would recuse.
Both Wisconsin and Pennsylvania are critical to deciding the winner, as evidenced by the candidates’ campaign schedules.