After already having trouble Electoral Commission banning photography in polling places I now get a threatening email from them.
Yesterday I made this Tweet:
— Simon Lyall (@slyall) September 16, 2014
and today I get the following email
Subject: Electoral Commission complaint – London exit poll posted on Twitter account
The Electoral Commission has received a complaint with regard to an exit poll being taken and then published on the Twitter account of @slyall. We understand that this is your Twitter account.
Under section 197(1)(d) of the Electoral Act 1993, it is an offence to conduct a public opinion poll of persons who have voted (exit polls). Section 197(1)(d) states:
197 Interfering with or influencing voters
(1) Every person commits an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $20,000 who at an election—
(d) at any time before the close of the poll, conducts in relation to the election a public opinion poll of persons voting before polling day
In order to assist the Commission in considering this complaint, could you please provide the following information:
1. Who conducted the exit poll and when was it conducted?
2. How did you receive this information?
3. Any other information you believe to be of relevance to the Commission’s consideration.
4. How you might remedy this matter.
Can you please provide the above information by 5pm, Friday 19 September 2014. In the first instance, to avoid further complaints, you may wish to remove the Twitter post.
Please telephone me if you wish to discuss this further.
I replied with:
and copied it to twitter.
I have no further knowledge of the photo or poll or the people who took it
or even if it actually took place.
and did nothing else. A couple of days later he emailed me with.
Thanks for getting back to us. The Commission understands that the original
tweet in respect of the exit poll has been removed and the Commission is not
taking any further action on the matter.
Thanks again for prompt reply which was much appreciated.
which was a little strange since neither me nor anybody else had removed anything. A little weird and one reason I don’t feel confident with these guys running voting over the Internet.