electoral fraud

4 Jan 2017

Compulsory voter ID would only add to Britain’s democratic deficit

In true festive spirit, the government chose December 27 to respond to former local government minister Eric Pickles’ proposals to tackle alleged voter fraud in UK elections. Sadly, the response isn’t much of a belated Christmas present for our poorly balanced democracy. Let’s start with a bit of context. In August, Sir Pickles’s report, Securing the ballot: review into electoral fraud , was […]
15 Aug 2016

Voter fraud: the nut and the sledgehammer

Last week, the Former Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles, published his report into tackling electoral fraud in the UK. While we should of course take all instances of voter fraud very seriously, this report is like using a sledgehammer to crack a nut. The report was commissioned following the 2015 Tower Hamlets election court judgment, which saw the […]
12 Mar 2014

Defending the postal vote

This article was first published on Left Foot Forward A BBC radio programme on postal vote fraud was aired last night, and it contained a call from a high court judge to scrap ‘on-demand’ postal votes. This knee-jerk reaction to the problem of fraud represents a complete failure to understand the real voting scandal – which is that millions of eligible voters remain unregistered, and voter […]
8 Jan 2014

Let's be careful with voter ID

The Electoral Commission today recommended that voters should be required to produce ID at the polling station as a measure to tackle electoral fraud. While it is of course vital to prevent fraud, at a time when people are increasingly turning away from politics it’s important that we do not put up new barriers to participation. This year sees the biggest change to the way we vote since the […]