Postal Ballots

Part of Department for Constitutional Affairs – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 7th September 2004.

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Photo of John Cryer John Cryer Labour, Hornchurch 2:30 pm, 7th September 2004

Does my hon. Friend accept that millions of people want to continue to use the polling station, not to vote by post? Leaving aside for a moment the potential for abuse—which has been highlighted by the Electoral Commission not just recently, but in a succession of reports and comments from that body—can he guarantee that polling stations will be available in all elections, and if not, why not?