Cheats try to rig our Cantley Park web pollBy Victoria Corbett
September 20, 2006
Cheats on both sides of the Cantley Park stadium debate have attempted to rig The Wokingham Times online poll, with one saboteur voting 664 times against the plans.
Users of the website became suspicious when they realised their votes for the poll – asking if readers were for or against the 250-seat Cantley Park stadium development – were not making any difference to the results.
A closer look at where votes were coming from since the survey began last Wednesday revealed some people had changed a setting on their computer allowing them to cast multiple votes.
The investigation showed 80 had come from one NTL user, 23 from a Telewest user and 56 from a Tiscali customer.
But the largest number, 664 votes against the stadium development, had come from a single handheld Blackberry computer – registered to a UK company.
This large number of false votes would have tipped the results against the £250,000 development, but the poll is now void and the results will not be published.
Geraldine Stewart, member of Save Cantley Park Action Group, said the group had nothing to do with the sabotage.
She said: “We completely and unreservedly disassociate the Save Cantley Park Action Group with anything that has gone on because there is no way we would stoop so low.
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