General Election Cornwall 2010–The Kevin Lavery Challenge-Put An End To Corrupt Conservative Party Vote Rigging In Cornwall

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Post by TeamKernow » Sun Apr 25, 2010 12:30 am

Kevin Lavery, Cornwall Council Chief Executive and Cornwall's General Election 2010 Election Returning Officer, assisted by his team of Electoral Registration Officers is responsible for ensuring that the General Election is run strictly within the rules of the Electoral Commission. Historically, Cornwall's General And Local Election outcomes have been seriously and significantly distorted by people who don't actually live in Cornwall registering and voting in Cornwall on the back of having bought a house for taking occasional holidays or some other non-residential purpose. Electoral Registration Officers have generally failed to educate everyone involved and the general voting public in the precise scope and meaning of the rules and have also neglected and abdicated their duty to scrutinize, challenge and void all invalid electoral roll entries. This lack of rigour has been known to be exploited in a thoroughly cynical and orchestrated fashion for political gain at the expense of Cornish Democracy by the Conservative Party over many years.

The Electoral Commission has made the current rules available and clear HERE :

 "A person’s name may appear on the electoral register only if they reside at an address within the electoral area. Residence is not defined in law, but it has been held by the courts to entail a ‘considerable degree of permanence’. Based on this criteria, it is possible for a person to be registered to vote in two different electoral areas. A person with two homes who spends about the same amount of time in each can be lawfully registered at both addresses.

However, it is unlikely that ownership of a second home that is used only for recreational purposes would meet the residency qualification. Ownership of a second home that a voter pays council tax on but is not resident in does not qualify them for electoral registration in that area. It is for the local Electoral Registration Officer to decide in the light of an individual voter's circumstances whether they may be said to be resident at an address, and therefore eligible for registration. Electoral Registration Officers are required to consider each case on its own merits.

If an elector is registered to vote in two different electoral areas, they are eligible to vote in local elections for the two different local councils. However, it is an offence to vote twice in any one election. Such an offence could result in a fine of up to £5,000. "

So, a person with more than one house can only vote once in a National General Election. But they can (unfairly) opt to exercise that single vote in the 90% Council Tax second 'home' constituency instead of their 100% Council Tax main residence constituency but only if they can demonstrate they 'spend the same amount of time in each' . (bit of a 50:50 90/100% Council Tax perk privilege paradox there)

Given the exponential increase in the number of anti-social anti-community non-residents buying up Cornwall's residential housing stock for taking occasional holidays it appears highly unlikely that all those thousands (20,000? 30,000? 40,000?) of 10% Council Tax Discount second so-called 'home' owners and family members and potential voters meet the Electoral Commission's 'same amount of time in each' criteria for lawful electoral roll registration.

The 'BIG SOCIETY' 'TIME FOR A CHANGE' QUESTIONS therefore appear to be:

1.How many second so-called 'homes' are there in Cornwall?

2.Just how many of the owners and their family members associated with those second so-called 'homes' have actually registered to vote in Cornwall in the 2010 UK General Election?

3.What procedures does Kevin Lavery, Cornwall's Returning Officer, assisted by his team of Electoral Registration Officers, have in place for scrutinising every one of those readily identified discounted 90% Council Tax properties and individuals, their electoral roll entries and their votes to ensure full compliance with the Electoral Commission Rules above and that the 2010 General Election in Cornwall is conducted fairly and properly without democratic deficit, disadvantage, detriment and disenfranchisement for the full time residents of Cornwall?

We are led to believe that every sincere and valid vote counts, is counted and has proper value. Therefore, every insincere and invalid vote must also be counted…and voided…as each and every one erodes and diminishes the democratic worth of each and every genuine and sincere vote.

There is ONE good thing (that may be all!) about Cornwall Council's (temporary?) 'Unitary Authority' designation – all that Council Tax data is readily arranged or arrangeable on a single database to help Kevin sort them all out by cross referring the electoral lists with the discounted 90% second homer Council Tax list to generate a second homer voter list in order to give them each his full electoral eligibility scrutineer's attention.

Another very good thing is The Freedom Of Information Act.

Let's help Mr Lavery out with ensuring Cornwall's 2010 General Election is run properly and fairly.

Here are two draft letters (feel free to improve/alter/enhance them) that may help bring something a bit more like 'democracy' to The Celtic Nation And Duchy Of Cornwall:

L1. The BIG ISSUE:

"Dear Mr Lavery,

Under the terms of The Freedom Of Information Act 2000-2009 please provide me/us with the following:

1.The total number of houses designated 'second homes' in each of the 6 Parliamentary constituencies of Cornwall and The Isles Of Scilly as identifiable by their owner's/owners' enjoyment of a 10% Council Tax discount.

2.The total number of individual entries in the electoral rolls of Cornwall and The Isles Of Scilly of people associated with those designated 90% Council Tax 'second homes' who have primary residences outside Cornwall.

3.An outline of the procedures you have in place to identify and scrutinise all 'second home owner' and/or family member electoral roll registrations and votes in the 2010 General Election in Cornwall and The Isles Of Scilly in order to separate those who comply fully with the current 'same amount of time' rule set out by The Electoral Commission from those who don't and your procedures for deregistering the latter in advance of the General Election or disqualifying and voiding the illegal votes of the latter before the final count of votes in each of Cornwall's six Parliamentary Constituencies for the 2010 General Election of our Westminster MPs.

Thanks etc…"

L2. SPECIFICS :

"Dear Mr Lavery,

It has come to my/our attention that a second home owner and/or family member(s) (NAME[S]) of (ADDRESS) has/have an entry/entries in the (PLACE) electoral register (Electoral Roll No:—) for the 2010 General Election in Cornwall and The Isles Of Scilly. To my/our knowledge/in my/our direct experience this person/these people does/do not meet the 'same amount of time in each' second ‘home’ electoral roll eligibility rule set out by the Electoral Commission. Please scrutinise this/these electoral roll entry/entries and advise me/us whether or not and on what grounds this person/these people are/are not entitled to vote in the 2010 General Election in Cornwall and The Isles Of Scilly and what you intend to do next in response to my enquiry in your official capacity as Election Returning Officer.

Yours etc…"

To:

Kevin Lavery

CEO Cornwall Council

2010 General Election Returning Officer

E-mail:  klavery@cornwall.gov.uk

The deadline for electoral roll registration was 17.00 Tuesday April 20th. 

To view your nearest copy of The Electoral Register contact:

Cornwall Council Electoral Services

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Post by TeamKernow » Mon Apr 26, 2010 8:42 pm

BBC Radio Cornwall's 'Political Editor'

Graham Smith Wimps Out On THE KEVIN LAVERY CHALLENGE !

Come on Graham, you can put up a BIGGER fight for TRUTH than that!

We're not tickling trout here…

Think MARLIN, mate :




Now THAT's more like it!

Go on, Graham – have another go at THE KEVIN LAVERY CHALLENGE!

Your BIG FISH awaits.

Check out the size of Graham's BIG FISHIN' catch HERE

C24 readers who enjoy a bit of BIG FISHIN' and would like to see something more like democracy happening in the 2010 General Election in Cornwall might wish to e-mail this link:

:idea: THE KEVIN LAVERY CHALLENGE!  :idea:

to fellow BIG FISHIN' enthusiasts and compatriots across the Duchy.
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Post by Marhak » Tue Apr 27, 2010 8:14 am

So Lavery has appointed himself Chief Returning Officer for the whole of Cornwall, has he?  What next?  Judging by the time of year, he could appoint himself Queen of the May.

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Post by TeamKernow » Tue Apr 27, 2010 10:41 am







 

Genuine Geordie SERCO Confirmation

What Chances Our Geordie Will Deliver A Proper Job General Election 2010 In Cornwall ?

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Post by Kerrow » Tue Apr 27, 2010 1:06 pm

I thought the Council Chief Exec was automatically the senior Returning Officer.  I believe it comes with the job.

 

 

 

 

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Post by Marhak » Tue Apr 27, 2010 1:31 pm

Maybe Queen of the May does as well.  You never know.

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Post by TeamKernow » Tue Apr 27, 2010 2:53 pm

BBC Radio Cornwall's 'Political Editor'

Graham Smith's Half-Hearted Attempt At Raising His BIG FISHIN' Game:

"Cornwall's political activists clearly have some way to go to match their United States counterparts, where challenging the legitimacy of the electoral roll is all part of the daily grind. In 2000, for example, in Florida and Missouri, about 100,000 voters were incorrectly removed from the register by over-enthusiastic "voter purges" – widely seen as organised campaigns to weight the register for partisan reasons.

I'm grateful to Cornwall's Electoral Services team for confirming that in relation to fears that some second-home owners are voting in the "wrong" place, since 2009, there has been just one challenge to the accuracy of the register."

According to Graham, wanting only legitimate entries in a clean, corruption free electoral roll for Cornwall and The Isles Of Scilly and something closer to democracy happening in Cornwall and The Isles Of Scilly in the 2010 General Election, makes people 'political activists'.

A curiously supine, uncritical and acquiescent thing to say for a 'Political Editor'/investigative(ho!ho!) journalist.

Here are some immediately apparent deficiencies in Graham Smith's efforts so far:

1.No effort to quantify how many CORRECT entries were removed from the Florida and Missouri electoral rolls. Merely a hint of botheration with his boat being rocked and a bit of casual side-swiping denigration of those who want things tidied up.

2.No indication of any attempt to elicit from Cornwall Council Electoral Services what efforts they have put into informing the general public of their electoral roll challenge rights.

3.No indication of any attempt to elicit from Cornwall Council Electoral Services what efforts they have put into informing multiple house owners resident elsewhere of restrictions on their entitlement to vote in Cornwall's Local Government and General Elections.

4.No indication of any attempt to elicit from Cornwal Council Electoral Services the exact number of second 'homes' in Cornwall.

5.No indication of any attempt to elicit from Cornwall Council Electoral Services how many of those owners and family members are qualified/not qualified to have electoral roll entries and to vote in Cornwall's Local Government and General Elections nor how many have qualified and how many have not.

All in all a pretty pishpoor show so far by BBC Radio Cornwall's 'Political Editor' Graham Smith.

In fact, BIG FISHIN' has rarely produced such a basket of tiddlers.

Graham clearly needs to get a bigger rod and head for deeper waters...

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Post by TeamKernow » Wed Apr 28, 2010 7:16 am

BBC Radio ANTI-Cornwall's 'Political(ho!ho!) Editor' Novice Graham Smith's Continung Struggle With THE KEVIN LAVERY CHALLENGE

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Post by Marhak » Wed Apr 28, 2010 7:46 am

Unless, of course, they appoint Doris as Queen of the May.  Oh. no.  No, no, no!

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Post by TeamKernow » Thu Apr 29, 2010 8:40 am

Let's Go FISHIN'! 











Let's help Kevin Lavery, Cornwall Council CEO and Cornwall's 2010 General Election Returning Officer, out with ensuring Cornwall's 2010 General Election is run properly and fairly.

Here are two draft letters (feel free to improve/alter/enhance them) that may help bring something a bit more like 'democracy' to The Celtic Nation And Duchy Of Cornwall:

L1. The BIG ISSUE:

"Dear Mr Lavery,

Under the terms of The Freedom Of Information Act 2000-2009 please provide me/us with the following:

1.The total number of houses designated 'second homes' in each of the 6 Parliamentary constituencies of Cornwall and The Isles Of Scilly as identifiable by their owner's/owners' enjoyment of a 10% Council Tax discount.

2.The total number of individual entries in the electoral rolls of Cornwall and The Isles Of Scilly of people associated with those designated 90% Council Tax 'second homes' who have primary residences outside Cornwall.

3.An outline of the procedures you have in place to identify and scrutinise all 'second home owner' and/or family member electoral roll registrations and votes in the 2010 General Election in Cornwall and The Isles Of Scilly in order to separate those who comply fully with the current 'same amount of time' rule set out by The Electoral Commission from those who don't and your procedures for deregistering the latter in advance of the General Election or disqualifying and voiding the illegal votes of the latter before the final count of votes in each of Cornwall's six Parliamentary Constituencies for the 2010 General Election of our Westminster MPs.

Thanks etc…"

L2. SPECIFICS :

"Dear Mr Lavery,

It has come to my/our attention that a second home owner and/or family member(s) (NAME[S]) of (ADDRESS) has/have an entry/entries in the (PLACE) electoral register (Electoral Roll No:—) for the 2010 General Election in Cornwall and The Isles Of Scilly. To my/our knowledge/in my/our direct experience this person/these people does/do not meet the 'same amount of time in each' second ‘home’ electoral roll eligibility rule set out by the Electoral Commission. Please scrutinise this/these electoral roll entry/entries and advise me/us whether or not and on what grounds this person/these people are/are not entitled to vote in the 2010 General Election in Cornwall and The Isles Of Scilly and what you intend to do next in response to my enquiry in your official capacity as Election Returning Officer.

Yours etc…"

To:

Kevin Lavery

CEO Cornwall Council

2010 General Election Returning Officer

E-mail:  klavery@cornwall.gov.uk

The deadline for electoral roll registration was 17.00 Tuesday April 20th. 

To view your nearest copy of The Electoral Register contact:

Cornwall Council Electoral Services



 

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Post by TeamKernow » Fri Apr 30, 2010 11:04 pm

The latest news is that Kevin Lavery, Cornwall Council CEO and Cornwall And The Isles Of Scilly Electoral Returning Officer, has confirmed receipt of 64,000 postal votes. That is around 20% confirmed votes of a potential electorate of around 300,000 – a significant and potentially seat swinging number depending on their source and distribution and depending on the turnout of the remaining around 240,000 non-postal voters. If the turnout of the 240,000 non-postal voters is in the usual range 40-60% the weight of influence of the postal voters increases or decreases proportionally to actual non-postal voter turnout e.g.

60% turnout of non-postal 240,000 = 144,000. Weight of influence of 64,000 postal votes = 30.7% of total votes cast.

40% turnout of non-postal 240,000 =   96,000. Weight of influence of 64,000 postal votes = 40% of total votes cast.

Key questions now for Mr Lavery to answer are:

How many of those 64,000 postal votes are from second 'home' owners whose primary residence is outside Cornwall And The Isles Of Scilly?

How many of those second 'home' owner postal votes fail to meet the ' same amount of time in each' Electoral Commission residency rule  criteria. 

How many of those second 'home' owner postal voters have also cast a vote in their primary residence constituency and thereby rendered their vote in Cornwall And The Isles Of Scilly illegal and subject to a potential fine of £5,000?

How many of the non-postal second 'home' owners who are registered to vote at a particular polling station in Cornwall And The Isles Of Scilly satisfy/fail to satisfy the Electoral Commission's 'same amount of time in each' residency rule ?

How will Kevin Lavery set about disqualifying the votes of those second 'home' owners on the electoral roll who fail to meet the Electoral Commission 'same amount of time in each' residency rule before the final count on Thursday/Friday May 6th/7th 2010 in order to ensure the democratic integrity of General Election 2010 outcomes  in the Parliamentary Constituencies of Cornwall And The Isles Of Scilly ?

These are important times for the future of Cornwall And The Isles Of Scilly.

Anyone writing to Kevin Lavery to ascertain what measures he has in place to deal with these issues may also wish to copy in the Electoral Commission who may wish to examine what goes on in Cornwall And The Isles Of Scilly – having such a huge potential results skewing non-resident postal voter factor – and what is done to ensure that we have properly free and fair elections.

Perhaps the Electoral Commission may respond positively to requests for a thorough Cornwall And The Isles Of Scilly General Election 2010 Electoral Services election conduct and vote audit…

Peter Wardle 

Chief Executive

The Electoral Commission 

Trevelyan House 

Great Peter Street

London SW1P 2HW

Tel: 020 7271 0500 (switchboard)

Fax 020 7271 0505

info@electoralcommission.org.uk

Perhaps the present Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government The Rt Hon John Denham MP will also take an interest to ensure proper fulfillment of his democracy delivery obligations to Cornwall And The Isles Of Scilly between now and May 6th.

Private Office to The Rt Hon John Denham

Telephone: 020 7944 4400

Email: john.denham@communities.gsi.gov.uk

 

Summary of the key agencies and individuals responsible for ensuring a free and fair 'democratic' General Election 2010 across Cornwall And The Isles Of Scilly within the current rules and contact e-mail addresses:

Directly responsible within Cornwall And The Isles Of Scilly:

Kevin Lavery, Cornwall Council CEO and Election Returning Officer: klavery@cornwall.gov.uk 

Cornwall Council Electoral Services:voter-registration@cornwall.gov.uk

Overall external supervision of and responsibility to ensure the proper conduct and integrity - within the current rules - of Cornwall's General Election 2010:

Peter Wardle, Electoral Commission CE:info@electoralcommission.org.uk

Rt Hon John Denham MP Secretary Of State For Communities And Local Government:

john.denham@communities.gsi.gov.uk



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Post by TeamKernow » Sat May 01, 2010 9:42 am

A bit of History.

It was and is well known across Cornwall that the former Conservative and 'home counties' import MP Gerry 'Mandering' Neale, the most hopeless MP North Cornwall ever had, manipulated the significant second 'home' owner imported vote to boost his figures when he defeated the incumbent erstwhile Mebyon Kernow member and then Liberal MP John Pardoe in the General Election of 1979 and to defend his precarious position until he finally, to the great relief and joy of many, lost the seat to Paul Tyler in 1992.

It also gave great joy to many when Thatcher's boy,by then Sir Gerry Neale, was struck off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal in 2002, joining the long list of disgraced or imprisoned CONservative MPs that has included Jeffrey 'Liar' Archer, Jonathan 'Sword Of Truth' Aitken, Neil 'Brown Envelope' Hamilton, Anthony 'Balmoral'  Steen, Peter 'Duck House' Viggers etc etc etc

Trust The Tories? Surrey Sian – No Thanks!

To take North Cornwall the Conservative Party would need a swing of 3.44%.(Not much when the number of second 'home' dodgy vote factor is considered)

HERE are cornishzetetic's reliable as any current figures for second 'home' infestations in key parts of the Cornwall And The Isles Of Scilly parliamentary constituencies :

Polzeath and Trebetherick – 43%

St Ives Town Centre and Island – 35%

Rock and St Minver – 29%

Portscatho and St Mawes – 25%

Port Isaac and St Endellion – 24%

Mousehole and Paul – 23%

Polruan and Lerryn – 22%

St Buryan and Sennen – 21%

St Merryn and Constantine – 21%

The absolute importance of Kevin Lavery, Cornwall Council CEO and Election Returning Officer and Cornwall Council Electoral Services having complete, detailed and thorough understanding and control of the second 'home' voter gerrymandering factor and disqualifying and kicking out those votes that don't comply with the Electoral Commissions current 'same amount of time in each' rule in order to have as FAIR a General Election 2010 in Cornwall And The Isles Of Scilly as possible under the current still second 'home' owner unfairly favouring rules is clear.

If you agree you may be keen to pass THIS LINK on via e-mail to others who may also be interested in actively bringing BETTER DEMOCRACY to Cornwall And The Isles Of Scilly.

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Post by TeamKernow » Sat May 01, 2010 10:26 am

St Austell/Newquay Constituency Tory Candidate Caroline Righton GETS A REMINDER.

A Right On Shot Across Righton's bows.

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Post by TeamKernow » Mon May 03, 2010 7:33 pm

Righton Gets Another Right On Shot Across The Bows .

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