In any election, your vote belongs to you. Whether you vote at a polling station, by post, or via a proxy, it’s your decision. It’s illegal for anyone, even a partner, family member or friend, to influence you to vote against your will.
What is electoral fraud?
Electoral fraud can take many different forms, including:
No one is allowed to intimidate you into voting a certain way, such as by threatening you with injury, damage or harm.
It’s illegal to offer bribes such as money or gifts, directly or indirectly, to persuade you to vote a certain way or not to vote at all.
No one is allowed to pretend to be you in order to use your vote, whether it’s a postal vote or at the polling station. In addition, no one is allowed to vote by pretending to be someone who has died or is completely fictional.
Applying for a vote under false pretences
It’s illegal to apply for a proxy, or postal vote, using false details or under false pretences.
Asking you to show your completed ballot paper
It is an offence for someone to directly or indirectly persuade you to display your ballot paper after you have completed it so they can see who you have voted for.
Other types of electoral fraud include:
Voting twice in the same election, even if the vote is cast in different areas of the country (unless you are entitled to be registered in more than one local authority area and are voting in a local election, or you are voting by proxy).
Tampering with ballot papers, or postal ballot packs, and removing or amending ballot papers.
What to do if you’ve experienced or seen electoral fraud taking place
If someone tries to take the vote of anyone you know, call us anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it online. You can also report online using our Welsh-language online form.
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.
Tell us what you know. 100% anonymous. Always.