'Lucy is a bright and successful university student. The small ring in her nose is the only outward sign that she might be a rebel at heart.
The daughter of a middle-class property consultant, her tweets show she has travelled the world and next year hopes to graduate from Bournemouth University.
Yet this week Lucy, 23, found herself at the centre of a controversy over how student votes — and their potential when it comes to abuse of the electoral system — could influence the December election.
She has registered to vote at her university and at her parents’ house in a leafy suburb of Birmingham. We know this because she said so proudly on Twitter. It is perfectly legal.
But it is what Lucy posted in addition that was controversial. For it not only suggests she was planning to break the law, but also that she wants others to do so, too.
She wrote to other students on Twitter: ‘I have just re-registered for both my hometown and uni address . . . in under 120 seconds! If you live at a second address . . . add it to the register and you can vote twice. Register twice. be brave.’
In other words, she was intending to cast two votes in December: once in Bournemouth and again in Birmingham. And she was rallying other students to also break the electoral rules (which state that in a national poll, you can only cast a vote in one constituency) and face a £5,000 fine.
When we contacted Lucy’s 68-year-old father, he said he didn’t think much of her plan. We showed him her tweet, posted earlier this week, and he said: ‘Oh, interesting, she shouldn’t be doing that. I’ll be having a word with her to tell her to do something about this. I definitely don’t condone this at all. I’ll be on the phone to her very shortly.’
Read more: First class degree in election fraud: Undergraduate's tweet boasting she'll vote twice exposes our lax voting system - as Labour's far-left followers tell activists to 'vote often'
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