Magazine article Public Finance

Postal Vote System Tightened to Combat Fraud

Magazine article Public Finance

Postal Vote System Tightened to Combat Fraud

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Falsely applying for a postal or proxy vote will become a criminal offence under plans designed to crack down on electoral fraud.

Under provisions contained in the Electoral Administration Bill, supplying an electoral registration officer with false or incomplete information will also become a criminal offence, while the time police can take to investigate cases of electoral fraud will be increased from one to two years.

Other changes include new secrecy warnings on postal and proxy votinq papers and the addition of security codes and barcodes to enable quick security checks.

In a chanqe to be introduced ahead of the local elections in May, electoral administrators will also be given new powers to check signatures on postal vote applications against other signatures the council miqht hold, while applicants will have to justify why they want their postal vote sent to an alternative address. …

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