How to vote

Electoral fraud

Your vote belongs to you. It doesn't belong to anyone who:

  • intimidates you
  • tries to bribe you
  • is pretending to be you

When someone deliberately tries to cheat at an election in this way, it could be electoral fraud.

What electoral fraud includes

Electoral fraud can include:

  • making false statements about the personal character of a candidate
  • 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
  • including false statements or signatures on a candidate's nomination forms
  • registering to vote under a false name or without someone's consent
  • influencing someone to vote against their will
  • pretending to be someone else and using their vote

Election fraud is a serious issue and offenders can be sent to prison.

What to do if someone tries to take your vote

If someone tries to take your vote, or the vote of anyone you know, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or visit Crimestoppers: Your vote is yours alone.