Electoral fraud

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.

What is electoral fraud?

Electoral fraud can include:

  • 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
  • registering to vote under a false name or without someone’s consent
  • pretending to be someone else and using their vote

Report electoral fraud

If you believe you have witnessed electoral fraud, or are concerned that it may be taking place, you should report it.

You can report electoral fraud by:

  • calling the police on 101.  You should be prepared to give them a statement and any evidence you have.
  • contacting Crimestoppers anonymously at https://crimestoppers-uk.org/ or phone 0800 555 111.  You will be asked for details about the electoral fraud you have witnessed or the concerns you have.
  • contacting the Electoral Services team at elections@hounslow.gov.uk or phone 020 8583 2828.

For more information on what constitutes electoral fraud, please visit https://crimestoppers-uk.org/campaigns-media/campaigns/your-vote-is-yours-alone.

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