Ballot Stuffing Law and Legal Definition

Ballot stuffing is a type of electoral fraud whereby a person permitted only one vote submits multiple ballots. It can also happen when a person instead of casting votes in a single booth casts his/her vote in multiple booths.

Ballot stuffing can take various forms:

1. a ballot stuffer casts vote on behalf of people who did not show up to the polls. This type of ballot stuffing is known as telegraphing.

2. votes will be cast by those who are long dead or by fictitious characters This is known as padding.

Detection of ballot-stuffing depends a great deal on how good the record-keeping is. Most election systems match the number of persons showing up to vote with the number of ballots cast, and/or preparing the forms so that they are difficult to fake.