Voting twice - How do to stop it?
Like millions of others yesterday, I received my update of Votes Registration Form hand delivered by Islington Council's deliverers (Electoral Registration Form - Annual Canvass 2006) .
Never really bothered to read the fine print before - it's a repeat of previous forms. This time around because I remembered having confirmed details via voicemail when Islington Council went all electronic I wanted to see how accurate the procedure was. Checked my name is spelt correctly and there's a cross in the postal vote box - everything is spot on.
Noticed a reference to second homes on the front page - quick turn over to the info "You are required by law to give the information requested in this form"
It says, Second Homes - "People who live at two homes in this country may register at both addresses if they are not in the same constituency. However they may vote only once at the same election".
That may be the law but with postal voting now the norm how do you actually stop it. With so many people having the same names and voting being confidential it would be difficult to check. Not everybody respects the law - in a situation where every vote counts and considering the ruthlessness of some political activists out to win at all cost I can envisage some people would deliberately flout the law expecting to get away with it. In reality has anybody ever been prosecuted. It's food for thought.
Well I don't have two homes - not so fortunate. I vote by post - Lib Dem naturally only because on election days I am usually involved one way or another.