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
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
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
1 May 2010
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
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.