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Recognise and report electoral fraud

If you see or experience anything that you think is electoral fraud, you should report it.

You can do this by calling Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or on the Crimestoppers website.

Report electoral fraud to Crimestoppers (opens an external website)


Examples of electoral fraud

Here are some examples of electoral fraud. This is to help if you're not sure if something you've seen or experienced would be considered electoral fraud.

Intimidation

No one is allowed to intimidate you into voting a certain way, such as by threatening you with injury, damage or harm.

Bribery

No one is allowed to offer you bribes such as money or gifts, directly or indirectly, to persuade you to vote a certain way or not to vote at all.

Personation

No one is allowed to pretend to be you in order to use your vote, whether it’s a postal vote or at the polling station. In addition, no one is allowed to vote by pretending to be someone who has died or is completely fictional.

Using false details

No one is allowed to apply for a proxy or postal vote using false details or under false pretences.

Asking to see completed ballot papers

No one is allowed to ask you to display your ballot paper after you have completed it so they can see who you have voted for.

Voting twice

No one is allowed to vote twice in the same election, even if the votes are in different areas of the country.

The exception to this is if you are registered in more than one local authority area. You are allowed to vote in local elections in both areas. This is because they are separate elections.

Tampering with ballot papers

No one is allowed to tamper with ballot papers or postal ballot packs, remove or change ballot papers.


What to do if you’ve experienced or seen electoral fraud

If someone tries to take your vote, or the vote of anyone you know, call the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it online.

Report electoral fraud to Crimestoppers (opens an external website)

Please note: If you fill out the online form please select 'Fraud and forgery' as the crime type and then type 'Electoral Fraud' in the free text box on question 1. You do not need to select a campaign.