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Fab39ish · 13/06/2017 23:37

Someone on one of JC must go threads drew my attention to a petition today on change.
It was Re students voting twice "Labour of course." Actually headed Labour General Election fraud 2017
At the start of the petition was a twitter post about someone voting Labour twice and UKIP once.
This was later pulled as the post was a joke. Now it shows another tweet from someone saying Labour leave me alone I have already voted.
One quick look on said persons twitter page indicated he only voted once and is not even a student.
AIbu to think that the 20,000 who signed this petition must be incredibly naive or stupid.
And the person starting it even more so. Although clearly the person starting it has an agenda.

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BrouetteChouette · 13/06/2017 23:47

What do you mean, OP?

Do you mean that some students are committing electoral fraud by voting in their term-time residences and at home?

I'm sure the local electoral authorities have ways of ensuring that this kind of fraud doesn't happen. I could be wrong though.


Fab39ish · 13/06/2017 23:50

Yes that is what is being claimed. It is legal in local elections but not general elections obviously.
Apparently twitter is full of people bragging about voting twice.

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BrouetteChouette · 13/06/2017 23:52

Hmmm. Well, at the very least, I suppose the local electoral authorities would be looking into this now. I can imagine it would be difficult to vote in two different constituencies though.


caroldecker · 14/06/2017 00:01

Dead easy to vote in 2 areas. Students can register in both areas (uni and home), will be n the list in both and get voting cards for both, but should only vote once.
See Charles Moore, Spectator editor posted 2 ballot papers and wrote about it.


PickAChew · 14/06/2017 00:04

Yes, students can potentially vote in 2 areas, but also land in the shit for doing so.

Makes me wonder, though, if the student vote decided a marginal and some of those students had voted in 2 places, what would happen to the winning MP if it turned out that they actually didn't win, after an investigation.


Fab39ish · 14/06/2017 00:13

But I can't believe it would happen much given the £5000 fine if caught.
Tbh I am more concerned about the number of students turned away as polling station staff didn't have up to date electoral rolls or the votes not counted in a Plymouth marginal. The Labour candidate still took the seat from the Conservatives but 6500 votes were missed off the declared result.

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Fab39ish · 14/06/2017 00:16

Do people really brag about breaking the law on Twitter risking fines and being thrown on their courses?

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caroldecker · 14/06/2017 01:11

Fabish Th young do very stupid things such as voting Labour. However, there is very little or no risk of being caught.
Even the author quoted above, who wrote about it, was not punished even though he had broken the law.
Voting secrecy is taken seriously in this country, so you will never be found out.
I cannot believe you are that naive.

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