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    Well it definitely doesn’t check the name’s against a database of UK citizens nor does it prevent multiple votes from the same IP address.
    However multiple votes from the same email address are prohibited, and post codes provided must be actual postcodes.
    According to this article ( https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-47652071 ) a commons spokesman said signature patterns are investigated to check for fraudulent activity and suspect signatures are removed, including those that are “clearly bots”.

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      This article from the govt tech team has a pretty decent section on what they do to combat fraud: https://technology.blog.gov.uk/2016/08/16/scaling-the-petitions-service-following-the-eu-referendum/

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      I wouldn’t bet against them checking surnames against postcodes on the electoral register but as yet I haven’t seen anything from the gov techs that say that they either definitely do, or definitely don’t.

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        I have seen first hand someone register with the name “Fake Name” and the signature go through successfully with a UK postcode. As far as I can tell from the blog post you linked to (thanks btw!) and the BBC article, the fraud checks are all made _after_ signatures are accepted and added to the count.

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