(USA Features) Former President Donald Trump implored states to get rid of electronic voting machines and revert back to all-paper ballots while also requiring valid IDs to vote and praising new state laws aimed at ensuring ballot integrity.
The former president made his comments in a lengthy interview with Breitbart News at his Bedminster, N.J., resort last week that was published online Thursday.
“Voter ID is very important. Frankly, going to paper ballots is better than anything you can do — paper ballots. Going to paper ballots,” he said.
“You know, Canada uses paper ballots. I think going to paper ballots would be the best thing if you want to have accurate elections. Countries that do paper ballots — solidly watched paper ballots — those are the ones that work,” he continued.
“And stop the mail-in ballots unless it’s for military and overseas or very sick people, people that just can’t vote — and they have to have some kind of a real excuse. I think paper ballots, same-day voting would be great. Those things, you’d straighten out your elections,” Trump continued.
Last year in late November, as the Trump campaign and others filed legal actions charging election disorders and fraud, Canada’s elections office tweeted out a reminder that the northern neighbor has never used electronic voting machines and scrupulously conducts its elections.
Elections Canada does not use Dominion Voting Systems. We use paper ballots counted by hand in front of scrutineers and have never used voting machines or electronic tabulators to count votes in our 100-year history. #CdnPoli pic.twitter.com/dp7ZiB84ql
— Elections Canada (@ElectionsCan_E) November 16, 2020
The former president also lauded actions take at the grassroots level to reform election laws around the country, namely to shore up integrity requirements.
He mentioned Texas, where majority Republicans have just cleared final hurdles to get a bill to Gov. Greg Abbott’s (R) desk, who is expected to quickly sign it.
But he had hard words for Georgia’s voting reform legislation, which he said had been watered down by GOP Gov. Brian Kemp.
“Georgia’s new law is not strong,” Trump said. “Texas’s new law is strong.
“Georgia’s new law is not strong because the governor of Georgia didn’t want it to be strong. It’s better than it was, but it’s not strong,” Trump added.
He went on to suggest that Republicans concentrate on winning elections long-term by improving voting integrity and that the party should focus on 2020 and what happened in key battleground states with last-minute changes to election rules rather than concentrate solely on the 2022 midterms and the 2024 election.
“The single biggest topic for the Republican Party is the voter fraud of 2020 — not 2022, not 2024,” Trump said. “You’ll never get to 2024, you’ll never get to 2022.”
He went on to point to ballot audits that are taking place in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, which he says are important but which most Americans don’t know about because they have not gotten much national media coverage.
“Here’s the question. This is a new phenomena. This is what happens with Communism. You can’t have a scandal if nobody writes about it.” Trump said.
“Look at what they’re finding in Georgia. Look at what they’re finding in Arizona. I mean, Arizona they want to recheck and double-check — people can’t even believe,” he added.
Trump went on to say he is looking forward to the findings of investigations by outside organizations including True the Vote, which says it has obtained surveillance video from ballot drop boxes in Georgia that support its allegations of fraud.
“This is a big deal. This is a big deal. I know — I’ve been hearing about it,” he said.