HC Deb 23 March 1910 vol 15 cc1141-2W

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether, having regard to the difficulty of rendering proper police assistance, he will reconsider the advisability of passing the One-Day General Election Bill into law?


It is possible that some inconvenience might be caused by motor cars moving about the country at excessive rates of speed to enable plural voters to record their votes five or six times on the same day; but, on the other hand, any incidental diminution of this gross abuse would probably lead to an abatement of political passion, as the local inhabitants would less frequently see themselves overborne and out-voted by numbers of persons who are domiciled elsewhere and take no part in the life of the constituency. I am advised that there would be no serious difficulty in making suitable police arrangements for the holding of all elections on one day. In France, Germany, and most other countries this problem has been satisfactorily solved, and I may add that the police of Liverpool, where there are nine divisions polling simultaneously, as well as of other great cities, have shown themselves fully equal to the task.