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VIEWPOINTS - WHAT CAN BE DONE TO EASE THE POSTAL VOTING CRISIS?

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'Convince people of the need to vote and that their vote actually counts. The best way of ensuring your vote is cas...
'Convince people of the need to vote and that their vote actually counts. The best way of ensuring your vote is cast is to do it

in person.'

Gordon Summers

Principal European officer, Highland Council

'Local authorities should concentrate on reassuring voters that fraud is very rare and that the likelihood of fraud being detected is very high.'

Rodger Mann

Scrutiny manager, South Oxfordshire DC

'The public believes fraud is rife and we need to restore confidence. More spot checks by police and returning officers would help.'

Sean Harriss

Assistant chief executive - people and quality, Oldham MBC

'The most immediate thing to be done is equipping the returning officer and his staff with more resources and statutory powers.'

Sarah Codling

Equalities and access officer, Monmouthshire CC

'The problems do not lie with postal voting as much as with proxy voting. Sample checks on postal and proxy vote applications would help.'

Roger Backhouse

Children's fund programme manager, Redbridge Council for Voluntary Service

'There is an urgent need for individual voter registration with validation by signature, national insurance number and other data.'

Roger Davies

Head of corporate development, South Oxfordshire DC

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