Magazine article Public Finance

Postal Vote Fraud Casts Shadow over Election

Magazine article Public Finance

Postal Vote Fraud Casts Shadow over Election

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In the run-up to the general election on May 5, the Crown Prosecution Service has confirmed that it is already investigating 39 separate cases of possible election fraud.

The ongoing cases include question marks over postal ballots during last year's European elections as well as allegations of fraud over more traditional forms of voting.

In one case in London, an unnamed political party is being investigated after a man turned up to vote during the European elections but found that he had, allegedly, been registered as a postal voter and his ballot already cast.

Other possible frauds included somebody impersonating the real voter and cases of bribery.

In Birmingham, the CPS has instructed police to begin a criminal investigation into six Labour councillors found guilty of 'massive, systematic and organised' postal vote-rigging at last year's local elections. …

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