Together with the Electoral Commission we urge you not to stand for electoral fraud. It's everyone's right to vote freely.

What is electoral fraud?

Electoral fraud is illegal interference with the process of an election, and could include: someone tampering with or hiding postal votes; people removing or amending ballot papers; offering money to people to vote in a certain way. Take a look at the boxes below to learn more about electoral fraud. If you know anything about electoral fraud, talk to us anonymously.  

Please note: If you fill out the online form please select 'Fraud and forgery' as the crime type and then type 'Electoral Fraud' in the free text box on question 1. You do not need to select a campaign.

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Intimidating voters

It’s electoral fraud to threaten someone with injury, damage or harm if they vote, or don’t vote. Tell us if you've seen someone threatened or harmed.

Bribing voters

It’s illegal to offer money or gifts to voters, directly or indirectly, to get someone to vote a certain way, or not to vote at all. Know of someone offering bribes? Tell us about it.

Stealing postal or proxy votes

It’s illegal to apply for a proxy or postal vote using false details or under false pretences. It’s also against the law to deny someone the postal vote to which they’re entitled. Know of this going on? Tell us.

Voting as someone else

Pretending to be someone else in order to use their vote is committing electoral fraud, whether that person is alive, dead or completely fictional. Do you know of this happening? The penalty can be up to two years in prison - give us your information.

Other types of electoral fraud

These include:

• Tampering with ballot papers or postal ballot packs

• Making false allegations against Returning Officers and staff

• Asking someone to reveal their ballot paper – these must remain secret

• Voting twice in the same election, even if the vote is cast in different areas of the country

You can tell us anonymously if you know of any of these happening.

Find out what you know about electoral fraud:

Find out more about what's acceptable - and what isn't - when it comes to voting.

Want to learn more about electoral fraud? Visit the Your Vote Matters website.