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Electoral integrity in the UK? Voter registration and electoral fraud examined

Dr Alistair Clark and Dr Toby James look at issues around electoral integrity in the UK

Research by Dr. Alistair Clark and Dr. Toby James (University of East Anglia) into the electoral process in the 2015 general election has found that electoral fraud is not as large a problem in polling stations as often thought. Instead, issues such as people not being properly registered are more serious problems which they recommend need to be addressed alongside any consideration of electoral fraud.

 Following on from their submission of  electoral-fraud-review-clark-james-reply to a review of electoral fraud by Sir Eric Pickles, Dr James and Dr Clark's research was covered on the BBC's Today Programme on 14th October (listen here: from 54:51 ) and also on Radio Norfolk (listen here from 01:49:10. 

 The research was funded through a British Academy / Leverhulme Trust Small Grant Award Election Integrity on the Frontline: Poll Workers and the Electoral Process in Britain.

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published on: 14 October 2015