Trump warns election vote count could take ‘weeks’

Trump warns election vote count could take ‘weeks’, by Nicholas Kamm.

US President Donald Trump warned Friday that the results of the November 3 presidential election could take weeks or months to determine.

Amid concerns that a wave of mail-in ballots could overwhelm the post office and local election bodies, Trump suggested the traditional election-night verdict could be delayed.

“You’ll never have an election count on November 3,” Trump said in a speech to the Council of National Policy, a conservative activist group.

“You’re not going to be able to know the end of this election, in my opinion, for weeks, months, maybe never,” he said. …

“We’re not prepared for this, 51 million ballots. It will be a tremendous embarrassment for the country,” he said.

“This is a very serious problem for a democracy.” …

The prospect of a slow count of an expected 50 million votes cast by mail — one consequence of the coronavirus pandemic — has raised concerns of political turmoil and mischief-making, and legal challenges that could further delay a result, for the presidential as well as congressional races.