We used to live in a democracy, but then Tories decided to privatise postal voting

Nolan Jazimreg

According to the UK Election Statistics: 1918-2019: A Century of Elections by the House of Commons, up to the year 2005, the percentage of postal votes was relatively low, never exceeding 5%:

Number of postal ballot papers issuedCovering envelopes returned before close of pollPostal votes Numberincluded in count % of all postal ballotpapers issuedPostalvotes as %of total
19451,219,5191,032,6881,018,32983.5%3.9%
1950507,717478,038466,34791.9%1.6%
1951831,877756,967742,57489.3%2.5%
1955595,000526,904515,59386.7%1.9%
1959692,827612,231598,55986.4%2.1%
1964818,901723,927707,63686.4%2.5%
1966617,481528,006513,04183.1%1.8%
1970731,249639,674625,35585.5%2.2%
1974Feb743,441645,080628,90784.6%2.0%
1974Oct1,075,131875,324850,10579.1%2.8%
1979847,335714,892691,96981.7%2.2%
1983757,604643,634623,55482.3%2.0%
1987947,948818,349793,06283.7%2.4%
1992835,074714,895692,13982.9%

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