Thursday 22 May 2014 12.50pm
Well postal voting does seem to be open to all kinds of electoral fraud that is harder to do at the polling station in person.
In what way?
I have to sign when voting, which presumably gets checked to my original specimen signature on the electoral register in the same way that I assume it does at a polling booth.
When the (?annual?) voting census form comes, I fill in just the same info as people who vote at a polling station. Therefore, I assume that they've only got the same details to check against for personal voters as they have for postal voters. If I wanted to falsify an entry on the census and didn't ask for a postal vote, I assume I could still go to the polling station and vote in someone else's name. I'd have the polling card, and I'd have to replicate the same (faked) signature at the booth as I would have to do on the postal vote.
I can't see how postal voting is more open to fraud, but would love to know. It's a commonly-made criticism of postal voting, so I assume that either there's some grounds to it or that it's a misunderstanding.
...if you press it, they will come.