Police investigating Southend man who registered five fake voters

Mr Davis with the polling cards

Mr Davis with the polling cards

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POLICE are investigating a man who registered five fake voters at his two-bedroom flat to expose the ease of electoral fraud.

Officers launched the probe into whether Terry Davis, 58, committed electoral fraud by applying for polling cards for his Leighton Avenue flat using the names after a request from Southend Council.

Sgt Steve Parry, of Leigh Police Station, said: “It has been fed back to ourselves through the council and the investigation is going to be processed through Leigh Police Station.”

The Crown Prosecution Service will decide whether to take Mr Davis to court based on whether the evidence police gather is likely to secure a conviction and whether a prosecution is in the public interest.

Mr Davis had no intention of using the voting cards to vote illegally and handed them over to the Echo, which ran a story last Thursday.

If convicted he would face a fine of up to £5,000 and up to six months in prison.

A council spokesman said: “We are duty bound to refer any instances of suspected electoral fraud to the police.

“It will be a matter for the police and the Crown Prosecution Service to decide whether it is in the public interest to bring charges against any individual suspected of committing such an offence.”

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3:06pm Tue 30 Oct 12

andy:) says...

Really ?

Surely this guy has a valid defence in that he was exposing flaws.
Really ? Surely this guy has a valid defence in that he was exposing flaws. andy:)
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3:11pm Tue 30 Oct 12

j-w says...

Its the election board who issued the polling cards that need sending to prison!
Its the election board who issued the polling cards that need sending to prison! j-w
  • Score: 2

3:28pm Tue 30 Oct 12

pendulum says...

Talk about shooting the messenger, the point he was making was if he can do it so can anyone else, maybe the council missed that.
Talk about shooting the messenger, the point he was making was if he can do it so can anyone else, maybe the council missed that. pendulum
  • Score: 4

3:57pm Tue 30 Oct 12

r6keith says...

But ! did he come clean first , before they knocked on his door ,
But ! did he come clean first , before they knocked on his door , r6keith
  • Score: 3

3:58pm Tue 30 Oct 12

Eric Whim says...

I hope he wasn't claiming for single person discount on his Council Tax
I hope he wasn't claiming for single person discount on his Council Tax Eric Whim
  • Score: 2

4:52pm Tue 30 Oct 12

firedog says...

£5000,sounds about right,
at least he wont do it again,and it will send out a warning to people thinking of doing it.
£5000,sounds about right, at least he wont do it again,and it will send out a warning to people thinking of doing it. firedog
  • Score: -2

5:04pm Tue 30 Oct 12

paulatepc says...

firedog wrote:
£5000,sounds about right,
at least he wont do it again,and it will send out a warning to people thinking of doing it.
..to commit fraud you have to have the intent and carry out the deception to its conclusion - such as, perish the thought, voting 5 times for the Labour party in Basildon Council; if the cards were not used to vote, but handed over to the Echo, then surely no crime has been committed?

Of course he may be prosecuted for embarrassing the authorities...

... that will probably mean extradition to the USA..
[quote][p][bold]firedog[/bold] wrote: £5000,sounds about right, at least he wont do it again,and it will send out a warning to people thinking of doing it.[/p][/quote]..to commit fraud you have to have the intent and carry out the deception to its conclusion - such as, perish the thought, voting 5 times for the Labour party in Basildon Council; if the cards were not used to vote, but handed over to the Echo, then surely no crime has been committed? Of course he may be prosecuted for embarrassing the authorities... ... that will probably mean extradition to the USA.. paulatepc
  • Score: 1

5:06pm Tue 30 Oct 12

Minceir. says...

Good for the crime figures, eh?

Number of offences reported = 1
Number detected = 1
Detection rate = 100%
Cost of investigation = Negligible (he coughed before the offence was even reported!)

What a joke.
Good for the crime figures, eh? Number of offences reported = 1 Number detected = 1 Detection rate = 100% Cost of investigation = Negligible (he coughed before the offence was even reported!) What a joke. Minceir.
  • Score: 0

5:11pm Tue 30 Oct 12

Eric Whim says...

Minceir. wrote:
Good for the crime figures, eh?

Number of offences reported = 1
Number detected = 1
Detection rate = 100%
Cost of investigation = Negligible (he coughed before the offence was even reported!)

What a joke.
will he get a slap on the wrist and told not to do it again or will they want to make an example of him and send him down?
[quote][p][bold]Minceir.[/bold] wrote: Good for the crime figures, eh? Number of offences reported = 1 Number detected = 1 Detection rate = 100% Cost of investigation = Negligible (he coughed before the offence was even reported!) What a joke.[/p][/quote]will he get a slap on the wrist and told not to do it again or will they want to make an example of him and send him down? Eric Whim
  • Score: 0

6:35pm Tue 30 Oct 12

jolllyboy says...

The authorities must know fraud happens but this man has exposed just how simple it is to do it on a large scale. Good on him and the authorities are making a knee jerk reaction because they are embarrassed.
The authorities must know fraud happens but this man has exposed just how simple it is to do it on a large scale. Good on him and the authorities are making a knee jerk reaction because they are embarrassed. jolllyboy
  • Score: 1

6:48pm Tue 30 Oct 12

Minceir. says...

Eric Whim wrote:
Minceir. wrote:
Good for the crime figures, eh?

Number of offences reported = 1
Number detected = 1
Detection rate = 100%
Cost of investigation = Negligible (he coughed before the offence was even reported!)

What a joke.
will he get a slap on the wrist and told not to do it again or will they want to make an example of him and send him down?
My guess would be that he'll receive a police caution or that no further action will be taken. The latter would make most sense.
[quote][p][bold]Eric Whim[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Minceir.[/bold] wrote: Good for the crime figures, eh? Number of offences reported = 1 Number detected = 1 Detection rate = 100% Cost of investigation = Negligible (he coughed before the offence was even reported!) What a joke.[/p][/quote]will he get a slap on the wrist and told not to do it again or will they want to make an example of him and send him down?[/p][/quote]My guess would be that he'll receive a police caution or that no further action will be taken. The latter would make most sense. Minceir.
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7:06pm Tue 30 Oct 12

Nebs says...

The problem in this area is not ghosts registered to vote, it is actual voters living in the area who don't appear on any official list. It must cost the council a fortune in government money as the payments are based in part on numbers of residents.
The problem in this area is not ghosts registered to vote, it is actual voters living in the area who don't appear on any official list. It must cost the council a fortune in government money as the payments are based in part on numbers of residents. Nebs
  • Score: 0

11:24pm Tue 30 Oct 12

bumper says...

why not go get real scum bags about right for the police anything for an easy nick .well done boys in blue ?
anything that up sets Cameron and the bankers etc you got jump right in and stop joe public showing they are bent

i just cannot get my head round how meany people died for this country to be free ? there was a lot of dead people for nothing .
hope and glory what f@ckin@ hope
why not go get real scum bags about right for the police anything for an easy nick .well done boys in blue ? anything that up sets Cameron and the bankers etc you got jump right in and stop joe public showing they are bent i just cannot get my head round how meany people died for this country to be free ? there was a lot of dead people for nothing . hope and glory what f@ckin@ hope bumper
  • Score: 0

1:47pm Wed 31 Oct 12

Major Incident says...

paulatepc wrote:
firedog wrote: £5000,sounds about right, at least he wont do it again,and it will send out a warning to people thinking of doing it.
..to commit fraud you have to have the intent and carry out the deception to its conclusion - such as, perish the thought, voting 5 times for the Labour party in Basildon Council; if the cards were not used to vote, but handed over to the Echo, then surely no crime has been committed? Of course he may be prosecuted for embarrassing the authorities... ... that will probably mean extradition to the USA..
It's not "electoral fraud". There's a specific offence which covers Mr Davis's misguided protest:
Section 15 Electoral Administration Act 2006 inserts section 13D to the Representation of the People Act 1983 ("RPA") and creates an offence of supplying false information to the Electoral Registration Officer, in connection with the registration of electors. The elements of the offence are: the provision of any false information to an Electoral Registration Officer for any purpose in connection with the registration of electors. It's up to the CPS to decide if prosecution is in the public interest now.
[quote][p][bold]paulatepc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]firedog[/bold] wrote: £5000,sounds about right, at least he wont do it again,and it will send out a warning to people thinking of doing it.[/p][/quote]..to commit fraud you have to have the intent and carry out the deception to its conclusion - such as, perish the thought, voting 5 times for the Labour party in Basildon Council; if the cards were not used to vote, but handed over to the Echo, then surely no crime has been committed? Of course he may be prosecuted for embarrassing the authorities... ... that will probably mean extradition to the USA..[/p][/quote]It's not "electoral fraud". There's a specific offence which covers Mr Davis's misguided protest: Section 15 Electoral Administration Act 2006 inserts section 13D to the Representation of the People Act 1983 ("RPA") and creates an offence of supplying false information to the Electoral Registration Officer, in connection with the registration of electors. The elements of the offence are: the provision of any false information to an Electoral Registration Officer for any purpose in connection with the registration of electors. It's up to the CPS to decide if prosecution is in the public interest now. Major Incident
  • Score: 1

3:05pm Wed 31 Oct 12

nicknows says...

More public money wasted!

Mr Davis did this to show how easy it is to get the right to vote in an election.

No checks are made and I suppose that if someone wanted to they would be able to use the polling card for other purposes as well.
More public money wasted! Mr Davis did this to show how easy it is to get the right to vote in an election. No checks are made and I suppose that if someone wanted to they would be able to use the polling card for other purposes as well. nicknows
  • Score: 0

11:14am Thu 1 Nov 12

Bester says...

If someone steals a car to show a fault in a particular security mechanism, should that person not face charges?
If someone steals a car to show a fault in a particular security mechanism, should that person not face charges? Bester
  • Score: 0

11:52am Thu 1 Nov 12

Eric Whim says...

nicknows wrote:
More public money wasted!

Mr Davis did this to show how easy it is to get the right to vote in an election.

No checks are made and I suppose that if someone wanted to they would be able to use the polling card for other purposes as well.
like a bit of roachend for a big fat spliff
[quote][p][bold]nicknows[/bold] wrote: More public money wasted! Mr Davis did this to show how easy it is to get the right to vote in an election. No checks are made and I suppose that if someone wanted to they would be able to use the polling card for other purposes as well.[/p][/quote]like a bit of roachend for a big fat spliff Eric Whim
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