Don't be a victim of electoral fraud

Published: Monday, 23rd April 2018

Electoral fraud takes away a voter's right to vote as they want – whether through intimidation, bribery or by impersonating someone and casting their vote.

Oxford City Council is supporting ‘Your vote is yours alone’, a campaign by the Electoral Commission and Crimestoppers to raise awareness of what constitutes unacceptable pressure to influence whether or how someone casts their vote. 

Anita Bradley, Returning Officer at Oxford City Council, said: “Unfortunately, on rare occasions, some people may try to manipulate our electoral system and commit electoral fraud. Many people may not be aware that their actions constitute a crime. Your vote is yours alone and Oxford City Council wants voters to know what to do if they suspect they are a victim of electoral fraud.”

Ailsa Irvine, Director of Electoral Administration and Guidance at the Electoral Commission, said: “Whether you are voting in person at a polling station on 3 May or completing your postal vote at home, it’s important that your vote is yours alone. No one should feel pressured to vote a certain way. While proven cases of electoral fraud are rare, it remains a serious crime and those who commit it can be sentenced to time in prison.” 

Mark Hallas, Chief Executive of Crimestoppers, said: “Anyone trying to rig the outcome, or unduly or illegally influence a ballot, is undermining the public’s trust in our democracy. The UK’s tradition of free and fair elections deserves protecting." 

Anyone who thinks they have witnessed electoral fraud can call the charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or visit the Crimestoppers website.

For more information on the Oxford City Council election on 3 May, visit the elections and voting page.