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Redirection of Postal Votes

Today I spent a few hours doing some analysis for the Election Courts which happen over the next 4 weeks. Gradually the true evidence is being provided by people such as the police, the CPS and the returning officer. I cannot reveal anything about that here as it will have to wait until the court.

There is, however, a lot of evidence of various sorts. One aspect I can talk about is the redirection of postal ballots. Quite a few ballots have been sent to addresses just a few hundred yards away. This is done even if on the next year's electoral roll the voter remains at the original address.

This is what we call the "Pendle fiddle" because it started in Pendle where postal votes were misdirected to a collection of central addresses. More information on this is available here

The Pendle fiddle has been used in Birmingham, but not as much as in Pendle. For example in the 2003 local elections 27 postal votes were sent to the home of the Labour Agent rather than the voter.

Looking through Aston there are at least 50 votes which have been Pendled.

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