Re: Postal ballot fraud - UK experience.

From: Ron Crane <voting_at_lastland_dot_net>
Date: Mon May 23 2005 - 18:52:31 CDT

That's a pretty interesting mix of coercion and bribery. This article:
nvote105.xml has lots about it. But each instance of voter coercion
still required a coercer to approach a voter. There seemed to be some
attempts to acquire blank ballots by bribing mail carriers, but the
article doesn't say whether they were successful. It would seem that
any ballot, in any condition, was then counted, irrespective of whether
it showed evidence of alteration or whether the signature matched the
voter's. Very sloppy.

This kind of thing argues for preserving poll-place voting (since that
can make stuffing and alteration harder), and also for making it
impossible to determine how each voter votes.


On May 23, 2005, at 4:23 PM, David Webber ((XML)) wrote:

> Ron,
> Not so - the heavy's simple demand the unmailed ballot forms!
> Then the candidates staff complete them and mail them. This
> just happened on a large scale in the UK election in certain
> ethnic districts - leading to six councillors being struck down,
> and the elections re-run.
> DW
>> Mail-in
>> ballots are susceptible to buying or coercion at the point of casting,
>> but this fraud requires a buyer or coercer to be present as each
>> ballot
>> is sealed into its envelope and mailed.
>> -R
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