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Electoral fraud

Few things get me more irate than electoral fraud, and I was more than a bit surprised to see that there are allegations of it against the Social Democrats in the Swedish elections - more here.

I realise I'm mixing chalk with cheese, but Sweden rates 6th worldwide for perceived lack of corruption according to Transparency International.

I've yet to find any information on penalties upon conviction in this country, but I very much doubt that they are as ferocious as I would wish them to be. Meanwhile, check out the 'shoe polish method' here.
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Blogger Peter Hitchens said... 9:23 am

our country is rife with it, of course it usually happens in the Asian areas.
Almost not offat atanent have you read anything about the diebold voting machine hacking scandals "C" ?

definately off at a tangen, having just visited cranmers blog (plenty of foaming at the mouth loonies there) I was wondering how many of them have jobs.  



Anonymous Ellee said... 10:37 am

I agree with Peter, there is always a story along these lines. At least they didn't have armed guards at their polling booths, like in Yemen today.

http://elleeseymour.com/2006/09/20/voters-must-first-hand-over-guns-at-yemen-polls-today/  



Blogger Croydonian said... 10:42 am

Peter - it certainly looks that way, doesn't it? Re Diebolds, a mate of mine of a Southern Democrat disposition and with an IT background gets absolutely incandescent when he talks about the closed source software used to count votes in the US. And yes, quite a lot going on at the episcopal blog.


Ellee - and very sad it is too. I'll have a proper read in a bit.  



Blogger Praguetory said... 11:05 am

I think that several former councillors have received prison sentences. The electoral fraud in Birmingham has had a positive and negative impact. On the one hand, it turned people off Labour and made the Dem/Tory alliance a no-brainer. On the negative side voters are steering clear of any candidates with "ethnic names". Not one of the 40 or so Tory councillors in Birmingham is ethnic and when ethnic candidates make the slate their performance is invariably worse than might be expected. Mind you, that didn't stop my parents getting a local councillor who can't speak English in the May 2006 elections.  



Blogger Croydonian said... 11:17 am

PT - Interesting.

Here's a C&P from one of my old posts:

"Peering more closely at the results, the old having a name early in the alphabet seems to have paid off for some. Other oddities include the Tory Asian candidate in Fairfield outpolling the 'anglo' Tories, but the reverse happening in South Norwood. Would this be due to Asian folk being more willing to vote for Asian candidates and likewise with anglos? Curious."  



Blogger Peter Hitchens said... 11:22 am

A published a paper last week Princeton professor demonstrating how he and some graduate students hacked and infected diebold machines.
May have been the same one who made a video for the huffington post explaining how to fix an election with a screwdriver and a flash card, probably explains why that retarded cyclops occupies the white house doing the bidding of his evil father.  



Blogger istanbultory said... 3:58 pm

Yes, Mr. Hitchen's is right. Cranmer's blog certainly attracts an interesting repertoire of "characters".
Our country is, of course, rotten with vote rigging. and no more so is this the case than in Labour's "rotten boroughs". When the Conservatives return to power,I would hope for a real assault on Labour's municipal heart of darkness.  



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