Election Offences: Prosecutions

Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission written question – answered on 5th August 2019.

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Photo of Chris Ruane Chris Ruane Shadow Minister (Wales)

To ask the hon. Member for Houghton and Sunderland South, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, how many successful prosecutions for (a) postal vote fraud, excluding by proxy voting, and (b) electoral registration fraud there have been in each of the last 15 years.

Photo of Bridget Phillipson Bridget Phillipson Labour, Houghton and Sunderland South

The Commission has collected and published information about allegations of electoral fraud from the police since 2008.

The table below shows the number of successful prosecutions for allegations of postal vote and electoral registration fraud. It splits convictions for postal vote fraud into those relating to applications to vote by post and those relating to voting by post.

Number of successful prosecutions relating to postal vote fraud

Year

Convictions relating to applications to vote by post

Convictions relating to voting by post

Convictions relating to electoral registration

2018

0

0

0

2017

0

0

0

2016

0

0

1

2015

0

0

1

2014

0

0

0

2013

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

2011

0

0

2

2010

1

0

0

2009

n/a

n/a

2

2008

n/a

n/a

0

The police-recorded cases of alleged personation offences in 2008 and 2009 were not broken down to record the type of personation, i.e. polling station, postal voting or proxy voting. It is for this reason these figures are not available.

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