Nigel Farage has lashed out at the US voting system, claiming his friend Donald Trump would have walked the election if it weren’t for mail-in ballots.
The Brexiteer said the method is ‘very insecure’ and subject to meddling, as he backed up the outgoing President’s unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud.
Speaking on TalkRadio this evening after Joe Biden was named the winner, Farage said: ‘Well if he’s one it fair and square then good luck to him.
‘The question is has he won it fair and square? It was a very unusual election.’
‘Had people been asked to go and vote on the day, I have no doubt Trump would have won by a country mile because enthusiasm for Biden was lower than Trump.
‘But as people had votes on their kitchen table they filled them in and sent them back.’
Talk Radio host Mike Parry pointed out that the record number of postal votes was mainly due to the coronavirus pandemic and people wanting to avoid busy polling stations.
According to a study by the Brennan Center for Justice in 2017, electoral fraud is extremely rare in the US, with a rate of less than 0.0009%.
Trump has voted by post himself in the past, having lived outside Florida, where he was registered.
He requested what is known as an absentee ballot, which he says he prefers because he believes they have better safeguards than other forms of postal voting such as when states send ballots out automatically to all registered voters.
Farage told TalkRadio that ‘this was America’s first experience of postal voting’, but this is not true.
Absentee ballots were first used for soldiers during the American Civil War. This later expanded to railroad employees, travelling salespeople and other people who could easily be working in another state on election day.
In 1978 California became the first state to allow voters to apply for absentee ballots without needing an excuse.
The US’ first all mail federal primary election in 1995 in Orgeon, according to Time.
A general election was held in the state the following year when Senator Ron Wyden was elected replace Bob Packwood following his resignation over a sexual harassment scandal.
In 1998 Oregonians expressed their overwhelming support for a vote-by-mail programme, and in 2000 Oregon became the first state to conduct a presidential election entirely by mail, with an 80% turnout.
In the 2016 presidential election around 33 million postal votes were cast, accounting for a quarter of all ballots.
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