ELECTORAL COMMISSION – POSTAL VOTING FRAUD – 21 March 2005

Dr Julian Lewis: Is it not a fact that the reservations expressed by the hon. Members for Pendle (Gordon Prentice) and for Hornchurch (John Cryer) carry great weight? The creation of a system of postal voting on demand, in which the genuineness of those applying for and receiving the ballot papers cannot be verified, has been a disaster. The secrecy of the ballot box has been destroyed by the wholesale expansion of a scheme that used to be properly reserved for people who had special reasons for voting by post because they were not able to go to the polling station.