This post is a selected summary of the range of election fraud during GE2019. Ranging from bribes, bias, to global conspiracies. With this width we can’t go into much depth and by definition will not capture everything… but depth is recorded in links.
Brexit Party Bribes
The Metropolitan Police Service are assessing two allegations of electoral fraud, following claims made by Brexit party leader Nigel Farage that the Conservative Party had offered peerages to himself and other Brexit Party election candidates in exchange for their withdrawal from constituency seats. News article here
Mainstream Media Bias
The newspapers have a known bias (recently reinforced by Boris Johnson). But the BBC is supposedly impartial and in “purdah” during elections, but they went out of its way to edit video to make Johnson look good and not following up the Jennifer Arcuri scandal, or critical of his withholding of the “Russia Report” while also rigging the Question Time audiences.
Boris Johnson is compromised, full article here. The BBC is deliberately not reporting this and much else: see John Sweeney’s whistleblower report here. Follow twitter #BBCbias and #BBCLiesandBias for more details.
Confidence, No Ground Campaign and Surprise Win
Conservatives had no “ground game” in the north of England. BBC Newsnight clip here. On Twitter the campaign was muted with a few photo ops – but nothing like the hundreds turning out for Labour and the tens of thousands of tweets/photos on #labourdoorstep.
There were large queues of young people at polling stations. Tweet here
Huge swing in Bishop Auckland, for instance, (Slim Labour majority of 500 in 2017) Conservative majority of 8000 in 2019 despite large Labour ground campaign. Tweet here
The general opinion that Labour Voters were persuaded not to vote, voted LibDem or Brexity Party while the Conservative vote held up. Tweet here and here. There’s lots of analysis of why supposedly Labour Lost: not honoring the referendum, Corbyn untrusted, Marxist policies, too many policies(!) and cost.
Ian Isaac’s analysis on a DailyGasLamp comment stated “The average swing away from Labour in 2019 compared to 2017 was 8%. 1 in 8 voted Tory. 3 in 8 voted Lib Dems. 4 in 8 voted for Greens and Brexit Party and others: clearly a protest vote [with voters saying] “I’m not voting Labour this time nor will I ever vote Tory”. This was enough for 52 out of 54 Midlands and northern seats to be lost by Labour.”
Clearly the MSM condemnation of Labour and Corbyn had worked on a percentage of the population. But was it 8%? And why did the Tory vote hold up so well when many of the Tory grandees were saying “don’t vote Conservative”?
Why didn’t the Tory vote also fall (as expected by the Brexit Party and LibDems)? Was there something else?
Electoral Roll Errors and Delays
Expected voter suppression known about before the election. News article here
In Swindon, Civica wrongly informed 3,000 voters they were not eligible to vote. Thousands of postal votes in Waltham Forest having to be hand delivered because of the software errors. Tweet here
Postal Vote arrives 2 months late. Tweet here
Security of Ballot Concerns
Envelopes being insecure. News article here
BBC appeared to have knowledge of postal vote intentions. News article here
IDOX systems is an Election Management System Software and Service provider. Their systems are used to used to manage Postal Votes in around 80% of UK constituencies. It does not count votes but managing the requests, sending out voter packs, verifying the packs and managing the electoral rolls. Conservative Peter Lilly was a former director of IDOX – he could have passed on details to people that could then easily hack the IDOX systems. Article here. Could IDOX software be hacked to delay the postal ballot papers being sent out or suppress postal votes by selective vetting? An example of an individual case. PV arrived “too late”. Tweet here. Tweet here
IDOX could certainly provide “profile data” but why bother when UK Council websites already provide data to data collective services such as LiveRamp whose business is to “profile” people sell it to Cambridge Analytica or similar to predict voter intentions? News article here
Postal Vote Fraud
Suspected postal vote fraud in the Scottish Referendum.
Problem with postal ballots earlier in 2019 with “Lessons learned”… to ensure fraud not detected in GE? Article here
50 cases of voter impersonation. News article here “Police across the UK have been asked to investigate more than 50 allegations of electoral fraud related to Thursday’s elections in areas previously identified as vulnerable to vote-rigging…. Officers in Manchester, Bradford, London and Birmingham have begun inquiries after receiving complaints about “ghost” voters, false statements by candidates and multiple attempts to vote by a single person…. (also) Blackburn with Darwen, Burnley, Calderdale, Coventry, Derby, Hyndburn, Kirklees, Oldham, Pendle, Peterborough, Slough, Tower Hamlets, Walsall and Woking… (and) 14 investigations across Greater London… Police have also been asked to investigate allegations of intimidation and tampering with postal votes.”
The “Postal Vote Investigation” has collected many cases. See tweet here
Managing a rigged election on this scale is hugely complicated. Surely it can’t be done? Only Conspiracy Theorists could possibly think that known liar and cheat, Boris Johnson, could lie, cheat and defraud his party to victory?
Well, the information associated with a global right wing conspiracy is all mainstream. See TV documentary on how total situation awareness was achieved using Big Data Analytics. Article here. Having achieved situation awareness, the options for manipulation are endless. How much of this is legal and how much is fraud? Consider the following uses for Dominic Cummings’ Voter Intention Collection System (VICS) if connected to Social Media data feeds, AI and bots:
- Situation awareness could gauge the accuracy of polls
- Artifical Intelligence systems could determine whether attack-ads worked and for whom
- Determination of voter intentions direct from social media feeds. If not-one-of-us, can we stop them voting? Or if maybe one-of-us (judged by social circle), can we encourage them to vote… use of sock puppets and bots on social media can be used to encourage or discourage voter behaviour.
- Can we delay sending postal votes here?
- Can we impersonate voters who are not likely to vote at all?
Evidence for social media manipulations and the immense social media capability available to the Tories, particularly sock puppet accounts, is provided in the response to the boy-on-the-floor in Leeds Hospital fake news twitter storm.
Since the Conservatives own camapign admits to breaking spending limits in the past, we have to assume that spending limits were also broken this time too. The 100,000 strong Conservative Party raised funds more the 500,000 Labour party by at least a factor of ten mainly from donations from millionaires and billionaires. Funding for elections is supposed to be strictly controlled… but will the cost of Dominic Cummings VICS system be recorded as a campaign cost? Or the cost of all the third party Corbyn attacks ads included? Unlikely.
So, was this a Rigged Election? University of Loughborough just reviewing the Mainstream Media bias says “yes“. Now add in everything else… nothing was left to chance.