Bansky’s Election Offer Backfires When He Learns It’s Actually Illegal

Street artist Banksy is believed to have created this tribute to the Queen's Diamond Jubilee on Upper Maudlin Street in the artist's home city of Bristol

Popular street artist Bansky offered a free limited edition print for those across the pond with some very illegal conditions. On the artist’s Instagram, he posted that he would offer a free limited edition print, for those who voted against the conservatives in the general election.

However, the Electoral Commission state that if people posted their vote it “would invalidate the election result.” Banksy has since recalled the offer which was put to voters from Bristol North West, Bristol West, North Somerset, Thornbury and Yate, Kingswood and Filton, and Bradley Stoke.

In his post, in small print, he wrote a “Lawyer’s note” which explained the print as a souvenir piece of campaign material, and said it “is in no way meant to influence the choices of the electorate, has no monetary value, is for amusement purposes only and is strictly not for resale. Terms and conditions to follow, postage not included.”

However, even with those terms, police warned that it was still illegal. Under the Representation of the People Act 1983, they stated “it is a criminal offense for any voter to accept or agree to accept a gift or similar in return for voting or refraining from voting. Any person participating in an offer to receive a gift is at risk of being prosecuted.”

Following their warning, he posted again,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[via Mashable]

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