IDENTIFICATION WILL BE NECESSARY AT POLLING STATIONS IN BROXTOWE IN MAY

I have just learnt this morning that Broxtowe BC will be one of the areas in UK where it will be necessary to identify yourself before you vote at a Polling Station in Broxtowe.

A researcher knocked on my door and asked a number of questions about the new system that will be introduced.

I have asked Councillor Martin Plackett for further information about this. He confirmed that Broxtowe Council have this in hand and will be publicising this in due course.

Documents that might be needed are any one of Passport, Driving Licence and or Bus Pass. More information will be given on this later but we should be informed sooner rather than later. If you do not have a photo ID Card then you should contact Broxtowe Borough Council now.

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  1. An Officer from Broxtowe Borough Council attended the Stapleford Community Action Team Meeting on Thursday as I had invited Her to come along and talk about this.

    It’s not as bad as is first sounds and there will soon be lots of publicity available once it’s all been finalised. We were told people need Photo ID but of they don’t have Photo ID they can use the Poll Card (which will have finalised details on the back of it too) and another form of ID, such as a Bank Card or certain bills one being a Council Tax Bill.

    The Council once given the final details will run a social media campaign and there is soon to be a Councillors brief and we will be given the relevant agreed information to share and help get the word out.

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  2. Quite sure once finalised Broxtowe Borough Council will publish widely the variety of documentation that may be used for identity purposes ( to counter election fraud) at Polling Stations in May.
    As I understand a variety of different ‘pilots’ are to be used throughout the Country before ‘rolling out’ nationally for the next General Elections

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  3. Excellent!
    Let’s hope it will be rolled out across the nation before 2022.
    After the Tower Hamlets scandal, and double voting by students at the last election, something needed to be done.

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    1. Whereas I share your concerns Howard about electoral fraud it appears that of the over 1000 complaints made to the electoral commission about double voting by students only about 5 investigations were carried out.

      Quote from BBC News page 2 March 2018 “But only one person was convicted after pleading guilty to multiple voting. He was fined. Two cases resulted in no further action and one was deemed not in the public interest to prosecute.
      A fifth case remains under investigation, according to the Electoral Commission figures, which were released as it launched a poster and video campaign alongside Crimestoppers”.

      However it is legal to be registered at two separate addresses and to be able to vote twice in local elections providing that the two addresses are in different wards, towns, boroughs etc. Logically I would think that it is probably quite legal to vote twice in a Parliamentary Election provided that the addresses are in different constituencies, as in this country we (theoretically) cast our vote for a person, not a party.

      One other thing, it was reported that most of the student boasts about double voting seemed to involve voting in favour of Labour candidates.

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  4. Perhaps a logical extension to this might be to also use some form of coloured indelible ink, unable to be removed by soap and water and viewable under UV (example) light to prevent people voting on “behalf of” – members of their family, community, sick neighbours etc. By coloured I mean different colours for different polling stations within the same ward or constituency.

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    1. Yes Ian, it is a system which works very well in many countries. The largest democracy in the world India, is a prime example.

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  5. A sledge hammer to crack a nut.

    Key findings from the analysis of cases of alleged electoral fraud in 2017
    The key findings set out in this analysis about cases of alleged electoral fraud in 2017 include:
    • At the time of publishing this analysis in March 2018, there had been one conviction and suspects in eight cases had accepted police cautions.
    • An allegation of personation in polling stations led to one successful prosecution and conviction.
    • Of the eight cautions accepted four were in relation to registration offences; one a false statement on a nomination form; two personation when voting by post; and one return of election expenses.
    • The majority of cases (289), 79% of all cases, either resulted in no further action (207) or were locally resolved (82).
    • Almost half of all cases of alleged electoral fraud reported were campaign offences (165 cases), the majority of which were imprint offences (96 cases).

    Electoral Commission report into 2017 elections.

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    1. “A sledge hammer to crack a nut.”. Isn’t that always the case Steve. With ALL politicians at ALL levels. It’s the same with the PC brigade and the Gender Identity clowns. A lot of them seem to be frustrated thespians desperate to appear in a certain famous Shakespearean play.

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