Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Postal voting cheats are threat to May elections

An election court has stripped a Conservative councillor in Slough of his seat after finding that hundreds of "phantom" postal ballots were cast in his election. Judge Richard Mawrey QC commented that changes to electoral law allowing postal voting on demand have been “lethal to the democratic process” and made “wholesale electoral fraud both easy and profitable.”

Unfortunately for the integrity of our voting system, the government has rejected the opinion of the Electoral Commission that postal votes should be limited to those who cannot physically attend a polling station — or even to require individual rather than household voter registration. Perhaps they will now pause for thought before massively increasing opportunities for fraud by introducing electronic voting.

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