Tuesday, June 08, 2004
Postal ballot in chaos as one man gets 36 votes
A Telegraph investigation reveals flaws in the Government's postal voting system that leave this week's elections open to fraud, writes David Bamber
Britain's postal voting system, viewed by the Government as a key to improving electoral turnout, is open to wide abuse, an investigation by The Telegraph has discovered.
I was able to obtain fraudulently dozens of ballot papers without detection. A total of 36 ballot papers were sent to one address in London without local councils or the police discovering or investigating the ploy.
Postal voting was made easier by the Government in 1999 in an attempt to tackle low turnout on polling day.