Electoral Register: Fraud

Electoral Commission Committee written question – answered on 25th February 2014.

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Photo of Chris Ruane Chris Ruane Labour, Vale of Clwyd

To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what steps the Electoral Commission is taking to correct misconceptions held by the public about levels of electoral registration fraud.

Photo of Gary Streeter Gary Streeter Conservative, South West Devon

The Electoral Commission informs me that it collects and analyses data from police forces about cases of alleged electoral fraud in the UK each year and ensures that these details are publically available on its website here:

www.electoralcommission.org.uk/find-information-by-subject/electoral-fraud/electoral-fraud-responsibilities

This information, which has consistently shown that allegations or actual incidents of fraud are not widespread, is also proactively shared with the media to encourage accurate reporting. The Commission also monitors the media, and issues statements to rebut incorrect or misleading coverage.

The Commission expects to publish its next report on cases of alleged electoral fraud in 2013 within the next two months.

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