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Saturday, January 29, 2005

Tackling voter fraud

The Guardian reports this morning that the Electoral Commission is pressing senior Police Officers to take the issue of electoral fraud more seriously. Given the increased potential for such abuse, due to the widespread availablity of postal votes and the experiments in all-postal ballots, it is about time that this was done. There are already several cases of alleged vote-rigging and fraud under investigation and there are fears that many more are going undetected.

It seems that the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) is writing guidelines, with the help of the commission, to send to every force and returning officer in the country amid concerns that many local forces do not have the expertise to detect organised vote-rigging. In addition he commission is calling for a database of vote-rigging cases to be set up on the police national computer to give a clearer picture of the scale of the problem.

The Guardian has set up its own fraud hotline at electoral.fraud@guardian.co.uk. It may find that traffic on this e-mail address is heavier than it expects.

I will be providing more details about the election courts on my own blog when they kick off. Some of the evidence is quite amazing.
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