LabQuest wrote:art wrote:What is the difference between an absentee vote and a postal vote please?
An absentee vote is requested through verifying information beforehand. A postal vote is mailed out to addresses on file whether or not the voter actually resides there.
Thanks for that explanation. I do not really understand the problem with mail in votes. If they need to be requested. they would be sent to the address given by the person making the request, would they not? I am trying to see where the fraud angle comes in.
In the UK electoral fraud by voters is rare according to official data. I think that in elections for a new government in which all constituences are required to hold an election, around 30 million votes are cast yet only a few hundred votes are fraudulent in nature.
Police data on the allegations of electoral fraud every year since 2010 were collected and analysed by the Electoral Commission in 2017.
They showed that even though tens of millions of people vote, the number of allegations is generally in the low hundreds.
The number of actual convictions is even lower.
Take the last general election in 2017, when police forces recorded 336 cases of alleged electoral fraud.
Only eight people were cautioned, and there was just one conviction - for someone voting as another person at a polling station
That means there were no convictions for postal voting.
https://news.sky.com/story/general-elec ... y-11867533
I read that the average rate of convictions for postal vote fraud is less than one every two years. Is the situation in the US so utterly different that it represents a threat to the outcomes of elections?
I can see that in the US there will be problems processing 3, 5 or 10 times the normal post in votes due to COVID-19 changing the way in which people vote but what stops them being sent out earlier than usual in these extraordinary circumstances to ensure all votes are received before the deadline?