The Prime Minister, Theresa May, has now called for anyone who illegally voted twice in last month’s General Election to be reported to police.
The call comes amidst growing concerns about suspected widespread electoral fraud carried out by Labour-supporting students – specifically affecting university cities and constituencies which have thousands of students on the electoral register.
The Electoral Commission says it is investigating what it calls “troubling evidence” of illegality across the country on polling day. It has received more than 1,000 complaints from the public and 38 complaints from MPs.
Some students are said to have used stolen polling cards to impersonate genuine registered voters at polling stations and there are reports that some students boasted of voting as many as 6 times in the General Election in a bid to get Jeremy Corbyn and Labour elected.
The result of the widespread fraud is a suspiciously high turn-out figure in many constituencies and an unusually high number of votes being cast for some Labour MPs .
There has been a puzzling increase in turnout in Cardiff South and Penarth in the last 5 years which is not explained by the increase in the population of the constituency: –
- 2012 Cardiff South and Penarth By-election Turnout = 19,436 (25.7%)
- 2015 Cardiff South and Penarth Election Turnout = 46,667 (61.40%)
- 2017 Cardiff South and Penarth Election Turnout = 50,736 ( 66.3%)
The number votes cast for the Labour candidate Stephen Doughty rose by an unprecedented 51% between the General Elections of 2015 and 2017 :-
- In the 2015 General Election Stephen Doughty received 19,966 votes.
- In the 2017 General Election Stephen Doughty received 30,182 votes .
[ In 1983, in the same constituency, the former Leader of the Labour Party and former Labour Prime Minister – James Callaghan – received only 17,833 votes and never – in all his career – received anywhere near 30,182 votes ]
Elsewhere, one MP has reported a case where two students who were out of the country and had not registered for postal votes were recorded as having voted in the General Election – the suspicion being that their polling cards were stolen and fraudulently used by other students to vote twice . [Voters have to declare a name and address at a polling station but are not required to produce or hand over their voting card].
Conservative MPs Peter Bone and Chris Chope are introducing a private member’s bill to halt the currently-legal practice of allowing students to be registered to vote in both their home towns and their university city. He has told the Daily Telegraph no action has been taken so far by the authorities. [Currently students are legally allowed to vote on two different electoral registers in local council elections but double-voting (i.e. voting twice) in a General Election is illegal, fraudulent and can result in a £5,000 fine. ]
The Labour Party – which induced students to vote Labour by pledging to scrap student tuition fees (a policy on which the party U-turned immediately after the election) – has refused to support any ban on people registering to vote in two constituencies.