Fraud Investigation of Scottish Referendum
According to an article published 29 December 2014 in The Daily Record The Scottish Assessors Association (SAA) have reported that several hundred fraudulent applications to vote occurred with many of them being referred to police.
Apparently, over 6690 people placed a 'proxy vote'. According to the article the SAA claim this occurred due to widespread misuse of a rule that permitted last minute proxy votes.
The proxy vote was designed to permit elderly or disabled people, or others unable to leave their home, to elect someone to cast a vote for them if they were unable to leave their house. Many people allegedly used this system to cast last minute votes as they had missed the absent vote cut off date.
According to an article in The Sunday Post published 28 December 2014, only 85 proxy votes had been cast in May 2014 during the European elections, compared to the over 6000 during the referendum. This huge unexpected demand put enormous pressure on electoral officers and 'meant offices were open 20 hours a day, seven days a week, in the final 50 days of the campaign'. Allegedly over 100,000 people have signed a petition calling for the vote to be recast.
According to The Telegraph 42 percent of YES voters (for Scottish independence) thought the vote was impacted by electoral fraud and 34 percent of ALL voters thought the vote had been fraudulently affected although to date no evidence for widespread fraud has been substantiated.
Police in Scotland confirm that 11 impersonation offences were being investigated in relation to the referendum.
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Last updated: December 30, 2014
First published: December 30, 2014
By Deborah A. Christensen