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Romania presidential elections 2019: Voter in London shows voting by mail is vulnerable to fraud

A Romanian living in London shared on Facebook a video showing that voting by mail is vulnerable to fraud. The images reveal that the voter can reposition the “Voted” sticker as many times as he or she wants, although the instructions state that, once applied on the ballot, the stickers can’t be removed.

To show that the instructions are wrong, the man applies the “Voted” sticker inside the box containing the name of one of the candidates, which means that he voted for that candidate. However, the man manages to remove the sticker and apply it again, inside another box, which means that he was able to change his vote. All without damaging the ballot or the sticker.

The man also shared an image of the voting instructions, which say that, once applied on the ballot, the “Voted” sticker can no longer be removed without being damaged.

The fact that it's possible to remove and reposition the sticker raises concerns that the ballots sent by mail can be tampered with, leading to fraud suspicions.

Referring to this situation, Florin Mituletu, the president of the Permanent Electoral Authority (AEP), also said that the instructions clearly state that moving the sticker can damage the ballot. If the voter decides to move it, he does it at his own risk, Mitutelu explained at local news station Digi24.

The AEP president also added that there is no possibility of electoral fraud, as all envelopes remain sealed until 21:00 when the voting ends and the counting of ballots begins.

“All ballots for correspondence voting are open based on the same procedure followed in the country. The procedure for opening the ballot box is filmed, the ballot is filmed when each voter's option is opened and read. There can be no electoral fraud in this vote-by-mail method,” he explained.

Romania will organize presidential elections this month, with the first round being scheduled for November 10 and the second for November 24. To avoid the endless queues formed at previous elections at the polling stations abroad, the authorities decided to introduce multi-day voting for the Romanians abroad as well as the option of correspondence voting. A total of 41,003 Romanians living abroad registered to vote by mail in the presidential elections.

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(Photo source: Pixabay.com)

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Romania presidential elections 2019: Voter in London shows voting by mail is vulnerable to fraud

A Romanian living in London shared on Facebook a video showing that voting by mail is vulnerable to fraud. The images reveal that the voter can reposition the “Voted” sticker as many times as he or she wants, although the instructions state that, once applied on the ballot, the stickers can’t be removed.

To show that the instructions are wrong, the man applies the “Voted” sticker inside the box containing the name of one of the candidates, which means that he voted for that candidate. However, the man manages to remove the sticker and apply it again, inside another box, which means that he was able to change his vote. All without damaging the ballot or the sticker.

The man also shared an image of the voting instructions, which say that, once applied on the ballot, the “Voted” sticker can no longer be removed without being damaged.

The fact that it's possible to remove and reposition the sticker raises concerns that the ballots sent by mail can be tampered with, leading to fraud suspicions.

Referring to this situation, Florin Mituletu, the president of the Permanent Electoral Authority (AEP), also said that the instructions clearly state that moving the sticker can damage the ballot. If the voter decides to move it, he does it at his own risk, Mitutelu explained at local news station Digi24.

The AEP president also added that there is no possibility of electoral fraud, as all envelopes remain sealed until 21:00 when the voting ends and the counting of ballots begins.

“All ballots for correspondence voting are open based on the same procedure followed in the country. The procedure for opening the ballot box is filmed, the ballot is filmed when each voter's option is opened and read. There can be no electoral fraud in this vote-by-mail method,” he explained.

Romania will organize presidential elections this month, with the first round being scheduled for November 10 and the second for November 24. To avoid the endless queues formed at previous elections at the polling stations abroad, the authorities decided to introduce multi-day voting for the Romanians abroad as well as the option of correspondence voting. A total of 41,003 Romanians living abroad registered to vote by mail in the presidential elections.

[email protected]

(Photo source: Pixabay.com)

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