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Cases of alleged electoral fraud in 2017

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 allegationsNumber
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 offenceNumber
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)

Electoral fraud