Skip to main content

Five News exposes postal vote-rigging

Five News's Press Release

A Five News investigation has exposed how easy it is to rig the postal
voting system.

As six million people prepare to vote by post, Five News successfully
obtained multiple votes in two constituencies, highlighting just how open
to abuse the system is.

This is the first time the ease of MULTIPLE fraud has been exposed in the
postal voting system.

The broadcaster downloaded and completed Internet application forms for
postal voting from the Electoral Commission's website. No form of id was
submitted, nor did Five News get permission from the voters.

Five News identified a number of obviously empty or derelict properties
and then checked the Electoral Roll to find the identity of those registered
voters. In every case, voters were still shown as being registered at the
properties, even though they clearly no longer lived there.

Internet application forms for postal voting were then completed and
submitted with a request to send the ballot papers to a different address.

In Birmingham (Edgbaston constituency) Five News applied for and received
multiple ballot papers.

It also applied for four ballot papers in the Warley constituency
(Sandwell Council). Within days it received all four voting forms.

Five News will run today at 11.30am with a full report at 5.30pm.

Note to editors

The names of electors have been submitted to the Electoral Commission so
no genuine votes will be lost, along with a letter from Five News explaining
how it exploited the inherent weaknesses in the present postal voting

The investigation took place from 23 April, when the first forms were
submitted through to 28 April when the first ballot papers arrived.

Five News' investigation follows comments made by senior judge Richard
Mawrey QC, who attacked the postal voting system in early April,
condemningthe government for complacency in the face of fraud which would disgrace a
"banana republic". Mr Mawrey, who was presiding over a special election
court in Birmingham, warned that there were no realistic systems in place
to detect or prevent postal voting fraud at the general election.
As far as I can tell they had 6 votes diverted. I would not say this is the first time the ease of such fraud had been demonstrated.


Popular posts from this blog

Millionaires and politics

The Labour Party spent most of the last election criticising me for being a successful businessman (aka millionaire). That is business in the private sector employing over 250 people. It is worth looking at the situation for the Labour Candidate now:

For the year 2016-7 Annual Income from Parliament74,962Specifically for her book51,250Other media income etc5,322.82Total declared income131,534.82

Traditionally anyone with an annual income of over £100,000 has been considered to be a millionaire. I did not use my position in parliament to increase my income.

I have been asked for sources for this. This BBC piece looks at how one should define rich. It was written in 2011 so the figures will be slightly out of date. There are perhaps 2 relevant pieces:
"In 1880 a rich person would have had £100,000 in assets or an income of £10,000 a year, he says. About a hundred people a year died leaving £100,000 and by 1910 this was 250 - "a microscopic fraction of the number of death…

Homelessness vs Selling Books

Candidates in elections tend to find themselves very busy with lots of things to do.  It is, therefore, necessary to prioritise things to ensure that the important things are dealt with.

To me the issue of homelessness and rough sleeping is an important issue.  Therefore, when Birmingham's Faith Leaders group contacted me to ask me what I would propose and whether I would work with them to make things better I was pleased to respond with my views and indicate that I would work with them after the election.

The Faith Leaders Group (Bishops and other religious leaders in Birmingham) have now sent out their report.

Sadly, according to their report,  I was the only candidate for Yardley to respond.  The group in their report said:

"Particularly disappointing was the lack of response from some of those candidates seeking re-election as MP for their respective constituencies."
It is worth looking at the priorities of my opponent.
Interestingly today she has decided to be at th…

Gender Issues comparison of candidates

John Hemming believes that an MP should represent everyone in their constituency.  This should be regardless of their race, religion, gender, abledness, sexual orientation or anything else.  It should be everyone.

When he was an MP he worked on issues relating to men, those relating to women and those relating to non-binary people. Everyone.

For example here is John Hemming on a demonstration outside the courts with the campaign group Women Against Rape (it related to the case of a mother who had her child removed from her because the mother was raped).

Jess Phillips, who campaigns on women's issues, notwithstanding the questions asked about her appointments in her parliamentary office, had the following response when asked for a debate on issues specifically relating to men: