Absent Voting: Fraud

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 16th July 2019.

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Photo of Andrew Percy Andrew Percy Conservative, Brigg and Goole

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps the Government is taking to tackle postal vote fraud.

Photo of Kevin Foster Kevin Foster Assistant Whip, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales, The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office

Electoral fraud is unacceptable on any level. There are already measures in place designed to enhance the security of postal voting.

In response to (the then) Sir Eric Pickles report on electoral fraud, the Government accepted recommendations to strengthen the postal vote system and, in line with our manifesto commitment, we are working to reform postal voting to ensure our elections are secure.

The Government will look for opportunities to introduce measures that will restrict the handling of postal votes by people who may seek to abuse or subvert them. We will also look to introduce controls on the return of postal votes via polling stations, which has been a cause for concern in past elections.

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