Russia’s Election Panel Criticizes ‘Alarming’ U.S. Mail-in Vote

Large-scale mail-in voting and late results in the 2020 U.S. presidential election could raise concerns over the transparency and legitimacy of the voting process, a senior Russian election official has said.

Nearly 100 million Americans have already voted early, both in person and by mail, as the coronavirus pandemic has upended the traditional approach to Election Day. President Donald Trump and his supporters have repeatedly railed against mail-in voting, highlighting that U.S. intelligence agencies have linked the practice to Russia’s efforts to undermine trust in the electoral process.

NIkolai Bulayev, the deputy chief of Russia’s Central Election Commission, called the U.S. election “alarming,” “dangerous” and “opaque” in comments on state television.

“Voting by mail at that volume cannot but be alarming because it’s so opaque,” Bulayev told the Rossia 24 broadcaster, claiming that some states are raising doubts even further by allegedly banning election monitors.

Bulayev cited media reports to bolster his arguments, claiming that “people who are long dead are casting ballots and that mailboxes are being broken into.” 

Commenting on the likelihood that election results may not be announced on Tuesday night in case of a tight race, Bulayev said “counting votes for nine days is a dangerous procedure.” 

“The results of such a vote with such large-scale use of mail-in voting cannot but cause concern about the legitimacy of this process,” he said, as quoted by the state-run RIA Novosti news agency.

“I think that both candidates will file lawsuits. These claims will look quite reasonable on the surface, because such a vote of course is amusing,” Bulayev said.

The Kremlin has said that Russia would work with either Trump or Biden, who is heavily favored to win this Tuesday. President Vladimir Putin has recently praised and criticized both men.

(c) The Moscow Times

5 comments

  • Muscovy should first look at themselves and Belarus before criticizing others.

    Liked by 4 people

    • RT has more coverage of the US election, than they ever have of the facade they call an election. It must be alien to them seeing people not stuffing ballot boxes, or for there to be an opposition candidate, that hasn’t got 4 holes in his back.

      Liked by 4 people

  • “I think that both candidates will file lawsuits. These claims will look quite reasonable on the surface, because such a vote of course is amusing,” Bulayev said.

    Not half as amusing as Muscovy and their election frauds. At least the results are not known before the election takes place in the US, and I doubt 140% will turn out to vote either. Russia should stay out of democratic politics, because they have no idea how it works.

    Liked by 3 people

  • It’s amusing how a crime syndicate and local power examines the election process of the greatest democracy in the world.

    Liked by 3 people

  • Since Afghanistan has held more free elections than the Russian Federation I am not sure why anyone should care.
    And when Trump did try to play by MOscow rules he almost got impeached.
    So I’ll stick to American style democracy warts and all.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.