Archive for Election law

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Two rival Recall Bills now in the running

12 September 2014 ,
New laws to allow voters to "recall" their MP and force a by-election have been published by the government.
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One million applied to register to vote since new government system launched

5 September 2014 ,
Over one million people have applied to register to vote since the new online voter registration system went live in June, and there is over 90% satisfaction with the new online service.
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VIDEO: Scottish Independence Referendum – the 3rd Electoral Commission broadcast

Here’s the new film from the Electoral Commission:   You can also watch this on YouTube.  
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When do non-party campaigners have to register their election time campaigning?

29 August 2014 ,
This handy flowchart from the Electoral Commission explains when non-party campaigners (third party campaigners) have to register their activities.
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VIDEO: Scottish Independence Referendum – Unmissable

Here’s the new film from the Electoral Commission:   You can also watch this on YouTube.  
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Dodgy donations: Labour is right, Labour is wrong and the media are too generous

Despite some reforms introduced by Labour in the Political Parties and Elections Act 2009 (on which see the guide I wrote), unincorporated associations continue to offer rather a loophole when it comes to donations to political parties.
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Maidstone blows £12,600 on electoral registration mistakes

Maidstone Borough Council has wasted £12,600 thanks to mistakes in electoral registration letters sent to voters.
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Newcastle Council blows £50,000 on faulty electoral registration letters

Cash strapped Newcastle City Council has had to fork out £50,000 to put right an error in a letter sent to around 180,000 voters.
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VIDEO: Scottish Independence Referendum – It’s unmissable

Here’s the new film from the Electoral Commission:   You can also watch this on YouTube.  
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Higher expenditure limits come into force for elections

Now in force is the Representation of the People (Variation of Limits of Candidates’ Election Expenses) Order 2014 which raises the expense limits for the general election and also for local council elections in England and Wales.