Archive for Election law
Since blogging about the British Academy study into how the new rules going through Parliament for drawing up constituency boundaries might work, I’ve spotted a couple of particularly good blog posts on the subject from Lib Dem colleagues. Former Kingston councillor (and one of the Liberal Democrat online pioneers) Mary Reid has blogged about some [...]
There is a chance to introduce an imaginative new way of opening up the political process and public sector data to the public in the legislation currently going through Parliament to change the rules for Parliamentary boundary reviews.
The detailed study below is from the British Academy and takes an expert look over the planned new system for drawing up Parliamentary boundaries. Its conclusions generally concur with the views of those on both the administrative and political sides of electoral administration who I’ve been talking to recently about the new system. That has [...]
More problems with the general election administration have come to light in Wolverhampton South West, with the news that one of the marked registers has gone missing. An investigation is already taking place into a mismatch between the number of ballot papers counted and the number issued, with more having been recorded as counted than were officially issued.
According to the official election results, Wolverhampton South West saw more votes cast than there had been ballot papers issued. At the count there were 40,160 votes totalled up in the general election in May. However, the official records show that only 40,094 ballot papers should have been in the count, 66 less than the [...]
Two illegal donations totalling £101,500 dating back to 2004 and 2006 have been forfeited by the Conservative Party.
David Mundell MP (Conservative) is taking to the courts to apply for official relief for breaking his election expense limit during the general election.
A quick update on our previous coverage of the court case over more than £350,000 of impermissible donations accepted by UKIP. Last month the Supreme Court ruled in UKIP's favour, reducing the amount UKIP has to repay to just under £15,000.
Confidence in the administration of elections by Bristol Council was badly shaken this May after a series of problems, including ballot papers found in the wrong place and numerous phone calls going unanswered. A detailed review of electoral administration was subsequently ordered and it has called for major changes.
During the week I went over to help David Bouchier and his team in a council by-election in Camden. When knocking-up on the day, the most common query from people was ‘Do I need my poll card to vote?’ and that’s often the experience of people who go door-knocking on polling day. I’ve written before [...]