Election Day in the U.S.A.

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U.S. President Donald Trump and his Democratic rival Joe Biden made their last push for votes in what are deemed to be as crucialstates on Monday as the U.S.A votes in the presidential campaign.

Donald Trump is trailing in various national opinion polls. This might explain the reason for his unfounded attacks on mail-in ballots. On Monday he suggested he would deploy lawyers if states are still counting votes after Election Day on Tuesday. 

On Monday evening Trump said that the fact that Pennsylvania’s plans to count mail ballots that arrive up to three days after Election Day would lead to widespread cheating. 

It is not unusual in the United States for states to take several days or even weeks to count their votes, and a record surge in mail ballots as a result of the coronavirus pandemic could draw out the process further this year.

Trump was quoted urging the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider its decision that left the extension in place. The court has left that possibility open.  “Bad things will happen and bad things lead to other type things,” he told reporters in Wisconsin, another battleground state.

Biden predicted a quick victory, but also sought to downplay the drama. “I’m hoping for a straightforward, peaceful election, a lot of people showing up,” he told reporters in Pittsburgh.

Trump, 74, is seeking to avoid becoming the first incumbent president to lose re-election since fellow Republican George H.W. Bush in 1992. Despite Biden’s national polling lead, the race in swing states is seen as close enough that Trump could still piece together the 270 votes needed to prevail in the state-by-state Electoral College system that determines the winner.

Trump has spent the final days of the campaign predicting victory and deriding Biden for backing restrictions that aim to slow the spread of the coronavirus.  “A vote for Biden is a vote for lockdown, misery and layoffs,” he told the crowd in Scranton.