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UK postal voting reforms proposed to combat fraud

[JURIST] The UK government announced Friday that it will propose new laws to combat fraudulent postal voting, a problem that arose in the recent national election [JURIST report] when fraudulently-requested postal ballots prevented some voters from voting in person and the secrecy of the balloting process was called into question. The Queen is expected formally to call for the reforms in her speech at the state opening of Parliament [UK Parliament backgrounder] next week, setting out a five year sentence for postal voting fraud, and requiring signatures and birth dates on all ballots. The UK Electoral Commission [official website] recently released a report [text] calling for a range of postal voting reforms. BBC News has more.

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