30 May 2019

The vulnerable targeted by how-to-vote cards in EU elections in Poland

The elderly and those with learning difficulties were found in possession of "how to vote" cards that instructed them to vote for the ruling Law and Justice party in last week's European elections. 

Eliza Archer
Eliza Archer NewsMavens, Europe
The vulnerable targeted by how-to-vote cards in EU elections in Poland - NewsMavens

Why this story matters:

In the lead up to the European elections last week, residents in Polish care homes were given instructions on how to vote. The instructions told the residents to vote for Poland’s ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party.

The instruction cards, which were given to the elderly and those with learning difficulties, were discovered at a polling station in Tykocin. According to Polish reports, the individuals who were given the cards had difficulty reading and writing.

The PiS, who are notoriously Eurosceptic, claimed a convincing victory in the elections in Tykocin winning 75.6%. This victory was also extended to the rest of the country.

Details from the story:

  • An investigation into the matter has been launched.
  • Handwriting examination is being used to pursue leads.
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