Joe Biden’s campaign team has accused US President, Donald Trump of “trying to strip Americans of their voice” and warned “our legal teams are ready.”
Biden’s campaign was reacting to the president’s earlier address, where he claimed victory in the election.
“Frankly we did win this election. We want all voting to stop. We don’t want them to find any ballots at four in the morning and add them to the list.’
“We want all voting to stop. We don’t want them to find any ballots at four in the morning and add them to the list,” Trump said.
But Biden’s team called his comments “outrageous, unprecedented and incorrect.”
Biden’s campaign manage, Jen O’Malley Dillon in a statement, said: “If the president makes good on his threat to go to court to try to prevent the proper tabulation of votes, we have legal teams standing by ready to deploy to resist that effort.
“It was outrageous because it is a naked effort to take away the democratic rights of American citizens.
“It was unprecedented because never before in our history has a president of the United States sought to strip Americans of their voice in a national election.
“And it was incorrect because it will not happen. The counting will not stop.
“It will continue until every duly cast vote is counted.
“Because that is what our laws — the laws that protect every Americans’ constitutional right to vote — require.
“We repeat what the Vice President said tonight: Donald Trump does not decide the outcome of this election.
“Joe Biden does not decide the outcome of this election. The American people decide the outcome of this election.
“And the democratic process must and will continue until its conclusion.’
“The delayed results were caused by state laws that limited when mail-in ballots could be counted, record voter turnout, and the hundreds of thousands of mail-in ballots that were received.
“Also outstanding is Georgia after a water pipe burst at a center in Fulton County, where Atlanta is located, delayed counting ballots in the highly-Democratic area,” Dillon said.
The candidates took different approaches to the delay with Biden urging patience and Trump falsely claiming Democrats were trying to steal the election.
More than 92 million Americans requested mail-in ballots, according to the Election Project. Many states expanded that voting option because of the coronavirus.
Most of those ballots were requested by Democratic voters.
See Biden’s campaign statement below;