US Law enforcement authorities in several US states warned Monday of pressure to declare the winner in the presidential election, after reports that President Donald Trump might declare his victory before the vote counted.
Michigan State Prosecutor Dana Nessel told reporters that “the states do not endorse the elections on election night,” and “We are not willing to allow anyone to steal these elections”.
In a briefing organized by the Voter Protection Project, North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein said, “We have experience handling close-results elections,” adding, “We may know who is the winner on Tuesday night… and we may not”.
Stein said that if Trump announces his victory prematurely, “it would be a pity, but this announcement would be really irrelevant”.
On Sunday, the political news site Axios reported that Trump informed his close associates that he would announce his victory on Tuesday night if he was found to be ahead of the vote.
But officials in several states, such as Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, states that are likely to be decisive and whose results cannot be predicted, said that counting large numbers of mailed ballots could take at least one additional day, or maybe three days.
Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Cole said that since mailing ballots cannot begin counting before Tuesday, results may not be released until Thursday.
Trump described what was reported by the “Axios” website as a “false report”.
But he said, “I do not think it is fair that we have to wait a long time after the elections,” stressing that the Republicans “will send lawyers” to deal with any delay in the issuance of results.
Republicans believe that the majority of election cards sent by mail are in the interest of Democratic candidate Joe Biden, and Trump has repeatedly said that late votes that do not count Tuesday will be suspicious and possibly fraudulent.
However, the White House did not provide any evidence to support what the president said.
Grant Woods, a former Arizona attorney general and a member of the advisory board for the “Foot Protection Project,” described the persistent claim of possible election fraud as a “myth”.
“This has become the republican version of Bigfoot,” Woods said, the mythical creature that many have heard about but no one has proven to be.
“The voters will decide this, not the politicians… Nobody will steal this election”.