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19 April 2005 A crisis meeting on postal voting is to be held in Whitehall on Thursday, says the Times today. "Sam Younger, the chairman of the Electoral Commission, David Monks, the leader of the returning officers, and Adam Crozier, the chief executive of the Royal Mail, have been called to see Alex Allan, the Permanent Secretary at the Department for Constitutional Affairs. ... last Friday the Electoral Commission sent out new emergency guidance to all returning officers to guard against fraud." Read article in full

10 April 2005 ~ Postal voting "Ministers went so far as to draw up a bill but then dropped it after a government-commissioned study showed it would reduce the turnout of key Labour voters such as the young and poor. The disclosure will reignite the row over postal voting. It follows a senior judge’s warning last week that the British electoral system is now wide open to fraud and would “disgrace a banana republic”. ... 64% of people now think postal voting should be stopped until security is improved." Sunday Times

10 April 2005 ~ "Tony Blair's claim that postal voting was "no more prone to fraud than any other systems" has been seriously undermined by a Telegraph investigation into one of the cities that pioneered the system." Sunday Telegraph

5 April 2005 ~ "Labour Party officials wanted to postpone Mawrey’s inquiry until after the general election; he faced them down. They withdrew their legal support from the accused councillors in the hope of delaying proceedings; he pressed on. Now he has caught their colleagues red-handed. .." Times and Blog

1 March 2005 ~ Warmwell has been concerned about postal voting fraud ever since postal voting was introduced. Now we read in today's Times, "The Government has ruled out safeguards against rigging postal votes in the general election because time has run out, it emerged yesterday, as a court was told that Labour supporters forged 1,200 votes in a single council ward last June." Read Dominic Kennedy's article in full

Fraud fears as post replaces the ballot box
... All-postal voting could begin in next May’s local elections. ... Test case on future
of postal voting examines organised electoral fraud. By Dominic Kennedy ... - 11k - Cached - Similar pages

Police investigate door-to-door collection of postal votes
... In March the electoral commission in a report on postal voting said: "Candidates,
agents and local party workers should not handle ballot papers.". ... - 5k - Cached - Similar pages ...
... John Prescott is anxious for the referendum to go ahead by postal voting because
he sees it as the only chance of saving his plan for an England divided under ... - 12k - Cached - Similar pages

Democracy Watch Jan - April 2004
... April 17 ~ Watchdog warns of postal voting fraud. ... Many more people around the country
will be voting by post for the local council elections on the same day. ... - 101k - Cached - Similar pages

Lovers of freedom should fear for Britain, not the US
... Chartists on. This government persists with a scheme that will end in
all-postal voting, wide open to fraud and coercion. It gives ... - 10k - Cached - Similar pages

inbox new
... March 30 ~ Postal Voting (see democracy page) The move to extend the pilot scheme
to 14 million voters is against the advice of the Electoral Commission and ... - 101k - Cached - Similar pages

transcript of the Blair/Humphrys interview, 29/9/ 2004
... December 10 2004 ~ "The government has decided the Electoral Commission is wrong
to say there should be no more exclusive postal voting trials in Britain ... - 101k - Cached - Similar pages

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... North-West were shelved this summer, ostensibly over postal ballot problems but
effectively because Mr Prescott realised that both regions would vote down his ... - 6k - Cached - Similar pages

See in particular Section 21 for the proposed "emergency" powers
... bells on Part Two.) The Bill was then approved by 286 votes to 138. ... Airlines, the
transport network, town halls and the postal service could also come under ... - 101k - Cached - Similar pages

In Politix Archive October and November 2004
... troops in a major combat operation just as Americans were voting in their ... Having
raised concerns over the all postal ballots during the European Elections, and ... - 101k - Cached - Similar pages

At this point, October 16 2004, it was decided that the INBOX ...
... eg Gordon Brown :"I believe that a `yes' vote in this ... October 12 2004 ~NE Referendum - "
a forced referendum by easily corruptible postal ballot on a non-issue ... - 101k - Cached - Similar pages

Death of the secret ballot
... 13008,945520,00.html. Death of the secret ballot Postal voting does not revitalise
interest in elections - but it does encourage electoral fraud George Monbiot ... - 9k - Supplemental Result - Cached - Similar pages
... "Postal voting does not revitalise interest in elections - but it does encourage
electoral fraud.." George Monbiot in the Guardian today " ....The emerging ... - 101k - Supplemental Result - Cached - Similar pages

Keep ballot boxes clean
... It is against this that the commission's proposal yesterday, to increase postal
voting by relaxing the current rule that a countersigned statement of identity ... - 3k - Supplemental Result - Cached - Similar pages

Democracy in UK?
... that based on the evidence gathered in these pilots, and in particular the strength
of public criticism of a single voting method, all-postal voting should no ... - 101k - Supplemental Result - Cached - Similar pages