Corrupt Practices Act

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Electoral corruption continued after the Reform Act of 1832 and was not eradicated either by the Corrupt Practices Act of 1854, or by secret ballot in 1872. The 1883 Act (46 & 47 Vic. c. 51) strengthened the previous Act by laying down the limits of electoral expenditure. Corruption was not eliminated but the growing size of the electorate and the disfranchisement of many small boroughs reduced it.

Subjects: British History.

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