Overview

The UK has low levels of proven electoral fraud. 

There remains no evidence of large-scale electoral fraud in 2021. 

A conviction for polling station personation

West Yorkshire Police received a report that a man had impersonated another voter at the local elections in 2021. A person present in the polling station overheard the man give his name and address to poll clerks and knew that he was not the voter whose details he provided. The defendant also cast a vote in his own name in his own ward. 
On 17 June 2022, he pleaded guilty at the Magistrates’ Court to the offence of personation and multiple voting in a polling station. On 8 July 2022, he was:


•    Handed an 8-week custodial sentence suspended for 12 months
•    Given 100 hours unpaid work
•    Banned from voting for at least 3 years

A conviction for perverting the course of justice

A candidate at the local elections in 2021 submitted nomination papers in which he lied about the date of a previous criminal conviction for theft. He provided false documentation to back up his claim. As the conviction had happened within the previous 5 years, he was disqualified from standing at the election. He was charged with the electoral offence of making a false statement in his nomination papers and perverting the course of justice for providing false documents. At trial he pleaded guilty to the charge of perverting the course of justice, and the charge of making a false statement was left to lie on file1 . The candidate received a 9-month prison sentence. 
 

Description of the tableau

Category Percentage of total
Campaigning 52%
Voting 25%
Nomination 10%
Registration 11%
Other 1%

 

Category Percentage of total
Campaigning 54%
Voting 24%
Nomination 12%
Registration 10%
Administration 1%

 

Category Percentage of total
Campaigning 48%
Voting 21%
Nomination 15%
Registration 15%
Administration 0%

Category Percentage of total
Campaigning 49%
Voting 31%
Registration 11%
Nomination 7%
Administration 1%
Miscellaneous 1%

Category Percentage of total
Voting 43%
Campaigning 37%
Nomination 9%
Registration 8%
Administration 2%

Category Percentage of total
Campaigning 56%
Voting 26%
Nomination 10%
Registration 8%
Administration 1%

Category Percentage of total
Campaigning 38%
Voting 27%
Registration 15%
Nomination 14%
Miscellaneous 3%
Administration 3%

Category Percentage of total
Campaigning 54%
Registration 18%
Voting 13%
Nomination 8%
Miscellaneous 5%
Administration 1%

 

Category Percentage of total
Campaigning 41%
Voting 25%
Registration 23%
Nomination 6%
Miscellaneous 3%
Administration 1%

 

Category Percentage of total
Campaigning 52%
Registration 22%
Voting 14%
Nomination 7%
Miscellaneous 4%
Administration 2%

 

Category Percentage of total
Voting 32%
Campaigning 31%
Registration 28%
Nomination 6%
Miscellaneous 2%
Administration 1%