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Banksy Is Offering Free Art to Anyone Who Votes Against Britain’s Conservatives

Bristol-area residents just have to take a picture of their ballot to receive a limited edition "souvenir" in the mail—gratis.

by Nathaniel Ainley
06 June 2017, 4:50am

Feeling anti-conservative in Britain? The notorious street artist Banksy is offering up complimentary prints as "souvenirs" for residents of six Bristol-area constituencies who send in photographic proof that they voted against the Tories. The eccentric and daring political gesture comes shortly after the English street artist laid claim to a large Brexit-related mural of a European flag being chiseled by a construction worker. The artist made the offer in a post on his website and social media pages, instructing registered voters in the Bristol North West, Bristol West, North Somerset, Thornbury, Kingswood, and Filton constituencies to prove proving they simply didn't vote for the incumbent Conservative candidate. On June 9th, the exclusive new print of a girl with a Union Jack flag balloon will be released to all eligible participants.

This controversial political gesture seeks to challenge certain laws put in place to ensure that votes remain secret. As the BBC points out, Section 66 of the Representation of the People's Act states that it is a criminal offense to "induce a voter to display his ballot paper after he has marked it so as to make known to any person the name of the candidate for whom he has or has not voted." Crimestoppers, an independent UK crime fighting charity working with the Electoral Commission to combat electoral, warns on their website, "It's illegal to offer money or gifts to voters, directly or indirectly, to get someone to vote a certain way, or not to vote at all." Banksy's public offering comes along with a lawyer's footnote that attempts to evade any legal trouble by claiming the stunt, "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."

Visit Banksy's website to find out how you can receive your own free Banksy print, and read more about the story here.


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