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The independent body which oversees elections and regulates political finance in the UK

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Electoral fraud data and analysis

On this page you can find police data on electoral fraud and our analysis of the data.

We collect, analyse and publish data from police forces about cases of alleged electoral fraud in the UK each year.

We have worked with the National Police Chiefs’ Council since 2008 to collect data from police forces about cases of alleged electoral fraud.

We collect data from all 45 territorial police forces across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Key findings from cases of alleged electoral fraud in 2017

Headline figures from data on cases of alleged electoral fraud in 2017 are:

As of 31 January 2018, there has been one conviction which was in connection with an allegation of personation in polling stations.

Suspects in eight cases had accepted police cautions:

  • Four were in relation to registration offences
  • Two were personation when voting by post
  • One a false statement on a nomination form
  • One return of election expenses.
Outcomes of allegations Number
No further action 207
Locally resolved 82
Under investigation 44
Prosecution advice awaited 7
Court proceeding initiated 2
Acquitted 1
Caution 8
Conviction 1
Other 13

Almost half (165 cases) of all cases of alleged electoral fraud reported were campaign offences. The majority of these were imprint offences (96 cases).

The majority of cases (289) either resulted in no further action (207) or were locally resolved (82).

Type of offence Number
Registration 36
Nomination 25
Campaign 165
Voting 104
Administration 3
Miscellaneous 3

View our analysis of allegations of electoral fraud in 2017 (PDF)

Police data on electoral fraud in 2017

Below you can find the data behind our analysis of allegations of electoral fraud in 2017.

View full electoral fraud data from police forces from 2017 (XLS)

Police data on electoral fraud in previous years

We have now published historic data from 2010 and 2011. While every effort was made to ensure that this information is up to date in cooperation with the relevant police forces, this was not always possible due to the significant time which has elapsed since these cases were first recorded.

As a result, cases recorded as under investigation should be taken to only indicate that it was not possible to gain an update on the eventual outcome.

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