Electronic and postal ballots for the Labour leadership election will start to arrive from Monday for those still entitled to vote after the party machinery’s various anti-democratic measures to whittle down Jeremy Corbyn’s support.
Labour is asking people to vote electronically where possible to reduce the party’s cost. I’ve seen some encouraging people to vote by post as ‘payback’ for the punitive £25 charge imposed on those wishing to register as supporters – which includes many full members who have been deprived of their member vote as a result of the lame-duck and soon-to-be-replaced NEC’s decision to use dubious court decisions to enforce their disenfranchisement.
In spite of all this, I’d still encourage people to vote online, as Labour with a renewed Corbyn mandate will need the funds.
However, I would say this: vote by post or vote online – but keep a record of your completed vote.
The desperation of the Labour right to rig the vote toward Owen Smith is manifest – and manifestly increasing – as evidenced by the odious McTernan’s latest article in a Tory rag (not going to link to it here, but you can look it up if you can stomach it) promising Labour ‘oblivion’ if Corbyn wins again.
It’s anything but a stretch to believe that they’ll try to fix the count in some way, some way of getting around the controls in place to prevent fraud. Some will ridicule the idea, but nobody can seriously claim it’s unthinkable in the light of the lengths already gone to.
So, vote by post or vote online. Just make sure you vote – and take a photo of your postal ballot after you complete it, or a screenshot of your online ballot, and save it somewhere secure.
Just in case it’s needed as evidence in the event that the right-wingers are desperate enough to try to commit electoral fraud.