Thursday, 15 September 2005

How to be a criminal on Election Day

A warning for the over-exuberant from the wonderful chaps at the Electoral Commission:
On Election Day [note the capitalisation which tells you This is Important]... it is a criminal offence to distribute or broadcast any statement that is likely to influence a voter as to the candidate or party the voter should or shouldn't vote for, or which influences people to abstain from voting...

On Election Day, candidates, political parties and others must... not post any new material on websites. Existing website material does not have to be removed, as long as the website is not proactively promoted to voters.

All election advertising and other statements, by anybody including the media, which could influence voters cannot be published or broadcast on Election Day.
Bloggers and party supporters take note. [Hat tip No Right Turn.]


  1. Does this mean you can't have a signature like that below attached to emails you send that day?

    Kind Regards,

    Andrew Bates

    Would I get special dispensation if I added:

  2. Would wearing a "Bye-Bye Helen" t-shirt count?

    By the way PC, just a party vote. That way you'll only need a shower before you go to the polls.


1. Commenters are welcome and invited.
2. All comments are moderated. Off-topic grandstanding, spam, and gibberish will be ignored. Tu quoque will be moderated.
3. Read the post before you comment. Challenge facts, but don't simply ignore them.
4. Use a name. If it's important enough to say, it's important enough to put a name to.
5. Above all: Act with honour. Say what you mean, and mean what you say.