Electoral fraud

The following guidance documents are available from the Electoral Commission website:

Electoral fraud is an illegal interference with the process of an election.

Acts of fraud tend to involve affecting vote counts to bring about a desired election outcome, whether by increasing the vote share of the favoured candidate, depressing the vote share of the rival candidates, or both. There are many different types of electoral fraud including:

  • vote buying
  • intimidation
  • ballot stuffing
  • misrecording of votes
  • misuse of postal or proxy votes
  • destruction or invalidation of ballot papers.

Election fraud hotline

If you are suspicious or worried about anything to do with voting and elections you can report it to our Election fraud hotline on 01733 452277 or to Police 101. If you believe an offence is taking place immediately you can call 999.

Protect your vote

There are simple steps you can take in order to prevent yourself falling prey to electoral fraud:

  • keep polling cards and postal ballots safe at home, not allowing others to handle them at any time
  • if you arrive at the polling station and someone has voted in your name, notify the Presiding Officer who will provide you with a tendered ballot allowing you to vote
  • when filling in postal ballots, do so alone. Do not allow anyone else to see you choice or cast it on your behalf
  • put postal ballots into the envelope and seal it yourself
  • under no circumstances give your postal ballot to anyone else before the envelope is sealed
  • if anyone tries to help you against your will or force you to give them your postal vote, contact the police.

Help us stamp out election fraud

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Postal voting

The video below is a guide to the rules around postal voting. 

This video is also available with the narration translated into the following languages:

Voting at a polling station

The video below is a guide to the rules around voting at a polling station.