>> His street art is some of the most famous in the world. So when mysterious graffiti artist, Banksy, offered free prints of his work to voters in his hometown of Bristol, England, it caused a stir. Why? Because there was a catch. The Guardian Newspaper reporting constituents needed to send a photo of their ballot papers from the UKs general election this Thursday.
Showing they voted against the conservatives, labeling it as an election souvenir special. Banksy was offering a exclusive new print of his famous Girl with Balloon, but with the red heart replaced with the union flag. A legal note beneath the post insisted the offer was in no way meant to influence the choice of the electorates, but the police didn't agree.
Investigating the offer after receiving a number of complaints and posting a message to Twitter, stating, it's a criminal offense for any voter to accept or agree to accept a gift in return for voting. Warning they could be at risk of prosecution, and clearly Banksy heard the message loud and clear.
A statement on his website recalling the offer, stating that he's been warned by the Electoral Commission that the free print offer will invalidate the election result. And regretfully announcing his ill-conceived and legally dubious promotion has now been cancelled.