Regarding ‘Southend exposes ease of electoral fraud’
October 26, 2012 3 Comments
So, Terry Davis has proved he can break the law; let’s hope that the CPS can prove they can prosecute. He has not proved that he could cast five votes.
Our democracy has safeguards, but it also relies to some extent upon the integrity and honesty of us all. I am not sure what Mr Davis’s law-breaking achieves, other than fifteen minutes of infamy for him.
The electoral registration system is not perfect, but neither is it like “a third world country” as Mr Davis claims.
I have knocked on thousands of doors, using the electoral registration system whilst doing so – my canvassing relies on the electoral roll. I have very solid experience of what registration is like, and where the weaknesses are.
I have seen mistakes; people registered twice and children included. I might add that, contrary to Mr Davis’s assertion about foreign-sounding names, that in every case these errors were made in the so-called indigenous population.
What I have found is significant numbers of unregistered people. Over-registration is not an issue in this corner of Essex, quite the contrary, and Government plans for Individual Voter Registration will only exacerbate this.
I do not know Mr Davis’s motives for his flagrant law-breaking, but I see scaremongering features. His decision to flout electoral law is not something I have witnessed in anyone else. Rather than questioning the integrity of the electoral registration system Mr Davis should take a long hard look in the mirror.