Tuesday, April 26, 2005

5 Million UK Postal Votes Ripe for Fraud

The BBC has estimated that at least 5m postal ballot papers will be sent out in the forthcoming UK general election. Most worryoingly, they note that some marginal seats have seen steep rises in the number of applications for postal votes.

In a BBC investigation, reporter Adrian Addison stole the vote of a businessman in Aldeburgh, Suffolk by printing out a form from the Electoral Commission's website, filling in his details and posting it off.

The voter, Craig MacKay, said: 'Amazing - for this day and age with the way we live in a society where we need ID for everything and you just come and take my vote like that - where does that leave me?'


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