Postal voting may be handled differently this time, but Proxy voting seems wide open to abuse. See this comment from PB –
Did anyone else read this on BBC News? It’s absolutely shocking:
But Mirpur [a district of Pakistan]’s influence on this election does not stop at encouraging people to vote one way or another.
Sitting in the garden of a large villa in Mirpur, a British citizen who has been a taxi driver in Halifax in Yorkshire for more than 20 years, talks of a practice which has become widespread here.
For obvious reasons the man, in his fifties, does not want us to publish his name. He describes how people are going door to door asking Britons to blindly sign proxy forms for the upcoming elections, allowing someone else in the UK to vote on their behalf.
“They said I didn’t have to fill in any details, just to sign my name at the bottom of the form,” he says, smiling. “So I signed two.”
How on Earth have we allowed this ridiculous existence of proxy voting happen? How can community leaders in Pakistan have a great deal more votes in the governance of Britain than me? I wouldn’t have believed it was really happening had I read it in a tabloid. Why is no politician complaining about this?
by Socrates May 1st, 2010 at 12:47 pm
2005 was the election of postal voting fraud, in which Blair was given a majority. Will 2010 be the election of Proxy voting fraud? It seems that the efforts to harvest postal votes in 2005, which are no doubt still going on, are being added to. There is clearly a programme of harvesting Proxy votes. The only ID that is required is the signature of the ‘voter’ on a Proxy voting form. This can be acquired most easily, either with an inducement or without.
The BBC report above suggests that there is indeed a large scale effort being made to harvest Proxy votes by political parties. You can be sure that this is not happening only in Pakistan.
And there are still serious attempts at postal voting fraud being made – See here. But maybe this time the Police are onto some of these. False Proxy votes will be much harder to track down.