Election Offences: Convictions

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 9th July 2021.

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Photo of Cat Smith Cat Smith Shadow Minister for Young People and Voter Engagement

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many convictions there have been for in-person electoral fraud since 2010.

Photo of Chris Philp Chris Philp The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

The Ministry of Justice has published information on convictions for in-person electoral fraud offences in England and Wales, up to December 2020, available in the ‘Principal offence proceedings and outcomes by Home Office offence code’ data tool, which can be found here:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/987731/HO-code-tool-principal-offence-2020.xlsx

In the data tool linked above, select ‘Personation’ from the ‘Detailed Offence’ drop down list to see records for convictions since 2013.

For the period prior to 2013, please find data on in-person electoral fraud convictions between 2010 and 2020 in the attached table.

In this response, ‘in-person electoral fraud’ has been interpreted to mean the following offences under the relevant legislation:

  • Aid / abet personation at local / parliamentary election, Contrary to section 60(1) and 168 of the Representation of the People Act 1983.

Table (xlsx, 10.9KB)

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