Archive for Election law
A limit on the maximum number of people eligible to vote at a polling station has been imposed by the Electoral Commission under the powers given to its Chief Executive, Jenny Watson, to run the AV referendum in May. Under the law for referendums, Jenny Watson is the Chief Counting Officer and thereby able to [...]
This document, sent to everyone who is entitled to vote in an election, is a crucial piece of communication. In most elections it is the only ‘official’ communication an elector receives. In many cases, given the varying ability of parties to campaign in different parts of the country, it may be nearly the only – or indeed the only – piece of paper electors receive about the election at all. It tells people how and where to vote. With millions of poll cards sent out each year, it’s a major potential way of communicating with the public about elections. And poll cards look awful.
As part of Parliament's deliberations over the Fixed-term Parliaments Bill, this week the House of Lords debated the possibility of moving to weekend voting.
The Electoral Commission has just published copies of the booklets it will be distributing to every household in the UK as part of its public information campaign for May's AV referendum.
UNISON has now submitted its spending declaration several months late, but in a quirky twist of the law has not yet been fined - because its return is still missing the signature of the 'responsible person'.
Any voter can apply for a postal (or proxy) vote in the usual way for May’s elections, including the AV referendum. However, people who have previously applied for a permanent postal vote may also be entitled to one without having to re-apply. There are three categories: 1. People who have a permanent postal vote for [...]
This TV ad has been running in New South Wales ahead of the state elections there:
The law covering English and Welsh local elections has been changed to permit joint candidates to use a party logo on ballot papers.
General provisions for the Parliamentary boundary reviews England Scotland Wales Northern Ireland General provisions for the Parliamentary boundary reviews Across the UK, the number of constituencies is being reduced from 650 to 600, with similar reductions in each part of the UK: England 502 in place of the current 533; Wales 30 in place of […]
The London Assembly has called for changes in the law ahead of the 2012 London Mayor and Assembly elections, following a review of the lessons from last year’s council and general election in London. Two issues are likely to meet widespread support, namely the problems of voters being intimidated and people being left still queuing [...]