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How secure is a postal vote?

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When you apply for a postal vote, you need to provide your signature and date of birth on the form. When you complete your postal voting statement you provide this information again. The signature and date of birth on your postal voting statement are checked against those on your application to prevent fraud.

Your personal information is separated from your ballot paper before it is looked at and counted, so the secrecy of your vote is not affected.

It is an offence to complete a postal vote that is not your own, and to influence how others complete their postal vote. If you have any allegations of fraud, they should be referred to the police.