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Febble Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-09-06 04:13 AM
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49. Red-handed:

The worry is of fraud that was not caught.

In 2005, postal voting was widened - until then, you had to have a specific reason, but in 2005 it was available on demand. I think the rules have been tightened up since then, but it is still a potential loophole in what is otherwise a pretty good system. The other loophole is people voting on other people's registrations (it happens). Also, students can be registered to vote in both their home and their university constituency, although they are only allowed to vote in one. There have been reports of people collecting spare voting cards lying around student housing and using them illegally. It would be very easy to do. You don't have to present ID (or even a voting card) when you vote, although you are checked off on a list.

We do worry about election fraud (a bit) in the UK. But the actual counting system isn't where the fraud is most likely to happen.
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