Archive for Election law

Facebook screenshot. Picture credit: Gauldo, Flickr

A handy Facebook tip for political campaigners

13 April 2014 , ,
Facebook introduced an 'Impressum' field for Facebook pages in order to cover the legal requirements in some countries for a formal declaration of ownership. You can also use the Impressum field for holding an imprint.
Lib Dem website

Election law still hasn’t caught up with the internet

9 April 2014 ,
Over on The Guardian there is a piece about how election law still hasn’t been properly updated to handle the internet age. Read down into the piece and you’ll find this: The Electoral Commission is not an official regulator for political campaigning and does not appear overly concerned about the spread of unattributed online political […]
Bank notes

Electoral Commission recommends big increases to 2015 expense limits

25 March 2014 ,
Here’s the gist of what the Electoral Commission is recommending (and this is an area where what it recommends is almost certain to happen): To take into account the lengthening of the election timetable from 17 to 25 working days and the┬áincreased cost of postage, the UK Government should make the following changes to the […]
Outlook calendar

Good news: sensible Parliamentary by-election timetables now in force

25 March 2014 ,
I’ve written a few times about the problems with the ever-shrinking Parliamentary by-elections timetable: The average length of Parliamentary by-election campaign has shrunk by four weeks since the 1970s, sharply narrowing the chance for the public to find out about the candidates presented to them and stifling openness in the candidate selection processes which frequently […]

Sensible electoral reforms on the way in Wales

24 March 2014 ,
Roger Scully reports that the news Wales Bill includes some sensible election law changes.
VIDEO: May 2014 Elections - Ballot Box Man thumbnail

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s ballot box man

24 March 2014 ,
Here’s the new film from the Electoral Commission:   You can also watch this on YouTube.  

Polling booth selfies all the rage in the Netherlands

23 March 2014 , ,
The Associated Press reports: Dutch citizens and politicians united on Wednesday in posting voting booth selfie photos, an increasingly popular phenomenon that could threaten the principle of the secret ballot but also encourages people to vote. Alexander Pechtold, who heads the centrist D66 party, was among the many Dutch voting in Wednesday’s local elections who […]
UKIP logo

UKIP Parliamentary candidate charged over nomination paper fraud claims

18 March 2014 , ,
Matthew Smith, due to stand for UKIP in Great Yarmouth at the next general election, has been summonsed to faces charges of electoral malpractice.
Parliament House, Canberra. Photo courtesy of - some rights reserved

Electoral Commission boss resigns after losing over 1,000 votes (in Australia)

23 February 2014 ,
The boss of the Australian Electoral Commission has resigned in the wake of the fall-out over the bungled West Australian Senate recount that has prompted a new election costing taxpayers millions of dollars.
Nigel Farage. Photo shared under Creative Commons, some rights reserved

I agree with Nigel Farage …

Having got fixed-term Parliaments and so got rid of the absurdity that the Prime Minister gets to fix the time of a general election in order to maximise their own party's chances at an election, it's about time that Parliamentary by-elections were treated similarly.