Con­cerns over ‘mul­ti­ple vot­ing’

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - News -

The elec­tions watch­dog has raised con­cerns about “trou­bling” claims that some elec­tors cast more than one vote at the gen­eral elec­tion as it re­leased fig­ures show­ing the elec­torate has reached record lev­els.

Nearly two mil­lion young peo­ple ap­plied to vote af­ter Theresa May an­nounced the snap elec­tion, ac­cord­ing to the Elec­toral Com­mis­sion.

Around 500,000 more peo­ple were reg­is­tered for the June 8 poll than at the 2015 gen­eral elec­tion, tak­ing the elec­torate to 46.8 mil­lion, the largest so far, it said.

But the watch­dog called for ur­gent ac­tion to tackle the num­ber of du­pli­cate ap­pli­ca­tions by peo­ple un­aware they are al­ready reg­is­tered.

The Elec­toral Com­mis­sion also called for the Govern­ment to con­sider ways of cut­ting the risk of abuse of vot­ing rules.

Al­though some peo­ple, such as stu­dents, are al­lowed to be reg­is­tered in two ar­eas, it is il­le­gal to vote more than once in a gen­eral elec­tion.

The watch­dog said it had not found ev­i­dence of wide­spread abuse but had re­ceived more than 1,000 emails from mem­bers of the pub­lic, along with 38 let­ters from MPs, rais­ing the is­sue and it is work­ing with po­lice on how to in­ves­ti­gate al­le­ga­tions.

Its re­port states: “Al­though peo­ple may law­fully be reg­is­tered to vote in more than one place in cer­tain cir­cum­stances, it is trou­bling that some vot­ers ap­pear to have ad­mit­ted vot­ing more than once at the elec­tion.”

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