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How we kept out the vote-riggers

By Tom Nuttall   August 2004

When Time in 1999 asked its readers to select their person of the century, the poll was hijacked by various carefully co-ordinated vote-rigging campaigns. Prospect is read by only about 60,000 people, rather less than Time’s 2m; nonetheless, we too had to fight off the vote-riggers. It began soon after the magazine came out last month with a clumsy attempt to boost Melvyn Bragg’s vote: within half an hour, I was sent about 20 email votes for Bragg, almost all from email addresses with an itv.com suffix. None of the emails included any other nominations-we…

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