The Votes in the Post.

Ever since Labour opened up the postal voting on demand service in 2001, there have been numerous allegations of wrong doing and abuse in the system. While some of the earliest loop holes have been closed, there has been allegations at almost every election ever since. Here are a few of the many examples.

29 April 2007
The
Sunday Times
reported that Labour party canvassers in Leeds were
handling postal ballot papers in contravention of the code of conduct on handling postal
votes drawn up by the Electoral Commission and which all the three major political parties
had agreed should be observed.
the prosecution said that the victims of the fraud fell into two categories;
those who had not seen their ballot papers and those who had handed over their papers to
someone else. Prosecutor Anthony Leonard QC told the jury that the sheer number of votes
cast in the Central ward, 2,900, was “out of all proportion” with the rest of the city. The
closest other ward was West, with 1,182.

19 October 2007
Three Labour officials were accused of directing ballot papers to more than
50 core addresses in an attempt to rig a local election. Mohammed Choudhary, a former
Mayor of Peterborough, along with Maqbool Hussein and Tariq Mahmood were on trial at
Kings Lynn Crown Court

13 November 2009
The
Guardian
reported that the police were investigating two alleged
cases of voting fraud at the Glasgow North East by-election; these involved two incidents
where voters arrived at polling stations to
find that they had already been marked as having
voted.

1 May 2010
The
Times
reported on its own investigation into allegations that parties had
been encouraging postal vote applicants to send their forms to local party offices instead of
directly to the electoral registration officer. This practice is counter to the Electoral
Commission’s code of conduct. The
Times
argued that this increases the risk of electoral
fraud because the applications include both the signature and date of birth of the applicant.
These could be used to falsify a postal vote ballot paper

( This practice was widely reported to be happening In Glasgow, where people were reportedly encouraged to send their postal votes to the Scottish Labour party HQ rather than directly to the electoral registration officer )

26 April 2011
The BBC reported that Rochdale Council had received a number of
allegations of pressure being exerted on people into handing over uncompleted postal votes.
The leader of the Council, Colin Lambert, said that the allegations covered six wards and all
three of the main parties were involved

There have been numerous instances of Ballot boxes going missing in Scotland, or suddenly an extra one appearing. There were also serious questions over the Glenrothes Bye Election, where the SNP were widely expected to win, but a remarkable reversal on the day of the count, had a sudden huge swing to Labour.
On requesting a check on the ballot….It was found that any evidence which could be examined had been inadvertently destroyed.

I have said from the very offset that I believed all sorts of dirty tricks would be used in this referendum, and I see no reason to change my mind on that. The closer we get to referendum day, and the closer the result appears to be, the more likely hood of irregularities.. And I believe postal voting is one where we can look out for them.

There has already been suggestions on a better together website in the Western Isles that people from down south should temporarily buy houses there, which are relatively cheap in comparison. But more alarmingly if they had relatives in the area, to register as staying with their relatives for the purpose of the referendum…This of course is highly illegal.

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I am not a member of any political party. I am however a strong supporter of Scots Independence. Any views which I express in this Blog are purely my own. This Blog intends to be a place where I will be putting my views on Scots Independence. It will primarily concern itself with the upcoming Referendum In Scotland. However It will also be somewhat diverse in the range of day to day issues which are evident to me in modern day Scotland. Not all of it will be political, and indeed may take me off into avenues I am not even aware of yet. Please come and join in on this journey, and any comments are welcome provided they are not abusive! All the best from a new acquaintance! Rod
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One Response to The Votes in the Post.

  1. Dave McEwan Hill says:

    Over 8000 postal votes were registered in the Glenrothes by election (about four times as many as was normal for the seat), so many in fact that the Returning Officer was only able to check a proportion of these (one in six I think) and even then he disqualified several hundred of them as the signatures did not match up. All records of this election somehow got lost despite apparently being taken for storage to the Sheriff Court at Kirkcaldy. I had never been so sure we had won a by election as this one and the Labour canvassers we had a cuppa on polling day with were of the same mind. We had heard a rumour of a strange postal voting element however.

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