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ELECTORAL COMMISSION'S FRAUD CONCERNS BACKED

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The Electoral Reform Society has welcomed a report* by the Electoral ...
The Electoral Reform Society has welcomed a report* by the Electoral

Commission which aims to tackle vote fraud.

The report recommends a move towards individual voter

registration with the collection of a signature from each voter, more

checking of the identity of people voting by post and a new offence of

fraudulently applying for a postal vote.

Electoral Reform Society chief executive Ken Ritchie said:

'Vote fraud has become a major concern in elections and we welcome the

Electoral Commission's determination to stamp it out.

'Moves to increase turnout, including easier registration, more postal

voting and better education, will be less effective if electors lose faith

in the integrity of the electoral process because they suspect fraud.

Although we do not think fraud is rife in the system at the moment, there is

a certain level of it and it needs to be stamped out.'

'Whilst we welcome the moves to make it easier for people to vote, we still

think that more needs to be done to make voting worthwhile. We want to see

the government allowing pilots in system of proportional representation at

local levels to test whether making every vote count will help to raise

turnout.'

* The report is available here.

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