by Matt Brennan

"Vote Leave" just tried to steal the election

This post isn’t my usual fare. Sorry about that. But I am so fucking angry right now.

Up until this afternoon, if you googled “register to vote”, this is what you got:

That is not a link to the voter registration page. That’s an ad, placed by Vote Leave, that took you to a form on their site, with a nice big red “Register to Vote Now!” button that did nothing of the sort.

I’d love to assume this was done in good faith. I really would. I can’t think of any possible world in which this isn’t intentionally misleading. This is a major political campaign intentionally intending to disenfranchise people. This is electoral fraud.

I’d wager the very demographic that’s likely to be googling “register to vote” in the first place is the one most likely to vote “remain”, viz. 18-24-year-olds.

And they would have gotten away with it too, if it wasn’t for you meddling kids. Who knows. They still might.

That page is gone now. Who knows what damage it’s already done.

Image from Political Scrapbook