US Election: Donald Trump plans to declare victory on election night before all ballots are counted - reports

Trump has plans to walk up to a podium on election night and declare he's won.
Trump has plans to walk up to a podium on election night and declare he's won. Photo credit: Getty

President Donald Trump has plans to declare premature victory in the election on Tuesday night despite a number of uncounted votes in key states like Pennsylvania, according to US reports.

The Republican nominee has told confidants he'll declare victory on election night if it looks like he's "ahead", Axios reported on Sunday.

Trump has privately talked through the scenario, describing plans to walk up to a podium and declare he's won.

The President's team is also prepared to falsely claim that mail-in-ballots counted after November 3 will be declared illegitimate, sources told Axios.

"The ballots are out of control," Trump said at a media briefing in September, suggesting the Democrats had something to do with it.

"You know it. And you know who knows it better than anything else? The Democrats know it better than anybody else."

In Pennsylvania, the state's supreme court has extended the deadline for mail-in ballots to be counted by three days, allowing thousands of late-arriving ballots to count.

Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar said on NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday there will be ten times as many in-mail ballots than the last election.

"So yes, it will take longer," Boockvar told NBC.

"Our military and overseas ballots, you know, the men and women who are serving our country, they have until a full week after election day to cast their ballots.

"I just want to set that straight, that this is a process, and we want to make sure that every single vote of every valid voter is securely and accurately counted."