Archive for Election law
The Manchester Evening News reports: A councillor could be jailed over ‘off the cuff’ Twitter remarks made during an election count. Howard Balkind was reported to police by the far-right BNP for tweeting that the party would be ‘lucky to get 10 votes’ at a by-election last month. It is alleged that Coun Balkind broke […]
One idea that the government has been exploring to prevent any drop is data-mining. This involves registration officers using other government databases, such as the Department for Work and Pensions, the Student Loans Company etc., to find the names and addresses of people who are not on the register.
Starting in October, local councils in Great Britain will be carrying out their statutory obligation to review polling district boundaries and locations of polling stations. The Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013 requires each council to carry out a review within 16 months of 1 October 2013, and subsequently at five yearly intervals. The decision […]
In its report on May’s elections, the Electoral Commission is rather generous – over-generous even – in burying this point a long way down the document: [Electoral] Commission representatives also commented that in some cases the layout of tables at some counts made it difficult for observers, candidates and agents to see the ballot papers […]
A regular frustration for campaign organisers across political parties is how slow some local councils are in providing data that they are legally obliged to supply, but for which the law is silent on how quickly. Good news then that the Electoral Commission is looking to push councils to be better at providing electoral register […]
Estonia, which created the world’s first nationwide Internet-based voting system, has finally released its source code to the public in an attempt to assuage a longstanding concern by critics.
I’ve reported before the investigations into election fraud in Derby. Three people have now admitted taking part in fraud: Nasreen Akhtar, who was a polling station clerk at the Madeley Centre Polling Station, in Arboretum Ward, yesterday admitted helping her nieces, Tameena Ali and Samra Ali, to cast fraudulent votes by pretending to be someone […]
There’s a very useful study out, commissioned by the Electoral Commission, looking at whether restructuring the laws governing elections, without making substantive changes to their content, could improve them. I’m regularly disappointed by the low value placed on simplicity by people who come up with rules that govern our lives, especially when it comes to […]
The Daily Telegraph reports: The Labour Party has helped its biggest financial backer avoid tax worth up to £1.5 million on its largest donation so far this year. John Mills gave the party shares in his shopping channel company, JML, valued at £1.65 million in January. In an interview with The Telegraph, Mr Mills said that the […]