Let the count go ahead: Australian MPs

Paul Osborne
·2-min read

They may be on different sides of the political fence but Labor and Liberal MPs have voiced concerns about the potential for the US presidential election result to not be respected.

US President Donald Trump is preparing to seek a Supreme Court injunction to stop the count, alleging a "fraud on the American public".

The comment came despite Trump expressing a view he had won the election.

Contender Joe Biden says his lawyers will fight the move, arguing the American nation must be "patient" and await the results, which could take days in some states with large numbers of postal votes.

Labor foreign affairs spokeswoman Penny Wong said Americans had voted in historic numbers and their votes should be respected.

"They deserve to have their voices heard," she tweeted after Mr Trump's comments.

"The democratic process must be respected, even when it takes time.

"It's in Australia's interest that America remains a credible, stable democracy."

Former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull tweeted the simple message: "count every vote".

Liberal MP and former diplomat Dave Sharma was also concerned.

"Above all else, being a democratic leader means respecting the verdict of the voters, the sanctity of the process, and facilitating a peaceful transfer of power when needed," he tweeted.

"Patience and humility are both necessary virtues."

Labor MP Kate Thwaites was critical of the potential delay to the count.

"Democracy is precious."

Earlier, Labor leader Anthony Albanese said he would be looking closely at the outcome.

"It may well be a range of days before we get an outcome, and I think that's concerning - there's nervousness there in the US, given the propensity for a more divisive society than we've seen for a long period of time."

Senior ministers declined to comment on the election count.

"I am absolutely confident that, no matter the outcome, Australia's relationship with the United States will continue with the strength and the depth that it has exhibited over more than a century now," Foreign Minister Marise Payne said.

With 80 per cent of the vote counted on Wednesday night, Edison Research was giving Biden 220 electoral college votes to 213 for Trump.

The winner needs 270 electoral college votes.