Monday, April 28, 2008
Voting System Open to Subversion Says Rowntree Report
The report, by Stuart Weeks-Heeg of Liverpool University, also argues that:
1. The benefits to turn-out claimed for postal and electronic voting have been exaggerated.
2. Ministerial 'quick fixes' to improve turnout have reesulted in ther system b eing made easier to cheat.
3. The system is vulnerable to party spending in marginal constitruencies where there is:
"substantial evidence to suggest that money can have a powerful impact on the outcome of general elections, particularly where targeted at marginal constituencies over sustained periods of time,".
The report urgews that photo ID be required for all voters and that campaign spending at the local level should be capped.