unholyangel wrote: »
Is it? I thought it was only illegal within 250m of the polling station.
Pincher wrote: »
As it happens, I am within 250m of the polling station, a school, not that it's what I thought the rules were.http://www.answers.com/Q/Can_you_canvass_on_election_dayQuestion. Can you canvass on election day?Answer: Yes. On election day, parties and their candidates carry out Get the Vote Out (GTVO) operations, on which they send reminders and visit pledged voters to remind them to go to the polls, sometimes persuading last-minute swing voters on the way. By polling day however, political parties will generally assume everyone has made up their mind, and concentrate chiefly on getting their voters to polling stations rather than winning over new ones.
Which is what they were doing, except I voted by post nearly two weeks ago, and told them repeatedly over the last two weeks. Nobody was taking any notice of what I tell them, which is rather symbolic of how it actually works in government.
Offence of campaigning within a prescribed area
It shall be an offence to engage in campaigning activity within a prescribed
area around a polling station on the day of a relevant election at any time
during the period in which the polling station is open.
In this Act, “campaigning activity” means—
the promotion or distribution of any literature associated with election
candidates, political parties or associated organisations;
the use of audio equipment, whether stationary or mobile, for the
propagation of messages relating to an election; or
oral communication for the purpose of eliciting voting intentions or
influencing the casting of a vote.
The “prescribed area” referred to in subsection (1) shall be an area represented
by a circle with a radius of 250 metres from the main entrance of a polling
ask66 wrote: »
it is likely that the offender will get away with it and have his/her vote counted, even if the "real" elector turns up later.
jamesd wrote: »
If two people claim to be the same voter, one of them will be able to prove identity and have only their vote counted.
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