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Overview

Your vote belongs to you. It doesn’t belong to anyone who intimidates you, or tries to bribe you, or anyone pretending to be you.

When someone deliberately tries to cheat at an election in this way, it could be electoral fraud.

Electoral fraud can include:

  • making false statements about the personal character of a candidate
  • offering an incentive to someone to get them to vote, to vote a certain way, or to stop them from voting
  • interfering with postal votes
  • including false statements or signatures on a candidate’s nomination forms
  • registering to vote under a false name or without someone’s consent
  • influencing someone to vote against their will
  • pretending to be someone else and using their vote

Election fraud undermines the democratic process. It is a serious issue and offenders can be sent to prison.

Last updated: 24 August 2021
Next review: 20 April 2022

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