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Electoral Commission recommends near 40% increase in constituency spending limits – but they’ll cover a longer period
Running through to mid-December is an Electoral Commission consultation on updating election expense limits for UK Parliamentary elections and also for English and Welsh local elections. For general elections, the combined impact of inflation and an increase in the length of the Parliamentary timetable since the last review in 2005 means the Electoral Commission is […]
The most powerful thing a pressure group can do at the next election is something none has ever done
A candidate for a political party could stand as a joint candidate, with a joint description and special logo on the ballot paper, reminding voters at the most crucial key final moment before voting that this candidate is the one which gets the approval of the pressure group.
Unless legislation is passed to remove The Gambia from the list of Commonwealth countries included in the Act, qualifying citizens from The Gambia will continue to be eligible for registration.
As the story from the Electoral Commission says: A consultation on standing for election in the United Kingdom has been launched by the Electoral Commission, the independent elections watchdog. The paper is seeking views on a range of issues including the size of deposits required to stand in elections, access to election broadcasts for independent […]
Good news: campaigners can expect electoral register and postal vote lists within 5 working days in future
It's a common complaint from election candidates and their campaign teams that local electoral returning officers (EROs) can be very slow to supply the copies of the electoral register and postal voter lists that they are legally entitled to.
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 […]