The Electoral Commission

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

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Electoral fraud vulnerabilities review

On this page you can find out about our review of electoral fraud vulnerabilities.

There is a consistent level of concern among voters about electoral fraud in the UK. These concerns are shared by a broad range of people with experience of standing for election or running elections, and it is unlikely that these concerns will diminish in the immediate future.

Electoral fraud report

Following our review of electoral fraud we have published our report on electoral fraud in the UK.

Read our final report on electoral fraud in the UK (PDF)

Electoral fraud vulnerabilities at polling stations review

Our review of electoral fraud in the UK concluded that polling station voting in Great Britain remains vulnerable to personation fraud.

We recommend that there should be a requirement for voters across Great Britain to present an acceptable form of identification prior to being issued with a ballot paper and voting at the polling station.

In this review you can find more information about our proposed voter identity scheme and how our scheme can be implemented at polling stations. Note: these documents include updated figures for the "stand-alone" option.

Read the Electoral fraud vulnerabilities at polling stations review summary (PDF)

Read the Electoral fraud vulnerabilities at polling stations review (PDF)

Your views on electoral fraud

In 2012 we carried out a wide-ranging review to identify whether there are opportunities to improve confidence in the security of electoral processes in the UK.

As part of our review we published an evidence and issues paper on electoral fraud in the UK in May 2013, setting out information about electoral fraud in the UK and about concerns which people have raised during our initial consultation.

Read our evidence and issues paper on electoral fraud in the UK (PDF)

Some of these changes would have an impact on voters; some would have a greater impact on candidates, political parties and campaigners.

Evidence about electoral fraud

We have carried out research with voters about their views on electoral fraud. This research is in two stages.

Sir Eric Pickles' review of electoral fraud

Electoral fraud