True democracy: Postal Vote For All!
UK - No checks, no questions asked: that's how easy it is to obtain 11 postal ballots
It was frighteningly easy. Within five days I was able to obtain postal ballot papers enabling me to vote 11 times in the general election - and in
county council elections on the same day. No checks, no questions asked.
I could, if I chose to, vote this week for candidates in areas ranging from London to York and from East Sussex to CornwallOf course, I will not do
that. The point of The Telegraph's investigation was not to steal votes, but to expose how flaws in the postal ballot system mean that the general
election is, despite repeated warnings and subsequent reassurances, still wide open to vote-rigging.
Obtaining the ballot papers was simple.The first step was to download and print out application forms for postal votes from the website of the
Then they were filled in with names and addresses taken from the electoral roll and a request for the ballot papers be sent to a second address, in
The forms were completed with a forged signature and sent to electoral registration offices at the local council in the voters' constituencies.
Within days I received letters confirming that a postal vote had been granted. The ballot papers containing the lists of election candidates arrived
over the next few days. Officials made no attempt to contact people at either address on the application form.
Our investigation shows how easy it would be to carry out postal fraud on a larger scale involving hundreds or even thousands of voting forms sent to
many different but bogus addresses - and tip the balance in favour of one candidate over a legitimate winner, especially in marginal seats
Daily Telegraph ^ | May 1, 2005
marginal seats, LOL...
Postal vote fraud is nothing but smoke to make people forget that any effective fraud is always based on how the votes are counted.
Implementing electronic voting in the UK
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[edit on 5-5-2005 by DontTreadOnMe]