Archive for electoral registration
There’s an interesting conclusion in the latest research into varying levels of electoral registration amongst the population, this time from the Cabinet Office: The regression result did not find, however, that BME groups were statistically less likely to be registered that their white peers who share otherwise the same characteristics. These results imply that a […]
Those responsible for getting the introduction of individual electoral registration right face some significant administrative challenges, but it’s all quite easy compared with the need to get an electoral register of some sort ready for the 1945 general election. As The Times Guide to the House of Commons 1945 recounts: There had been no Parliamentary […]
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.
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 […]
The Electoral Commission has just published the results of its research into how individual electoral registration has been working in Northern Ireland since its introduction there in 2002. The conclusion? An annual canvass must be kept.
Responding to Sarah Birch’s criticisms of the data-sharing proposed under new individual electoral registration reforms, Mark Pack argues that the answer lies in giving people control over their personal data. It is a curio about the relative roles of the US and Northern Ireland in Westminster political culture that debates about electoral registration often feature […]
Earlier this month Harrow Council caught the headlines for its new electoral registration system: Harrow Council has become the first local authority in the country to take its electoral registration online. As authorities across the country contact residents to ensure their details are added to the electoral register, Harrow will be asking people to respond [...]
This week the Cabinet Office has published its detailed implementation plan for the introduction of individual electoral registration in England, Scotland and Wales.
The Cabinet Office has called for greater use of Unique Property Reference Numbers (UPRNs) across the public sector, to support the move towards individual electoral registration (IER)
The plans have been through an extensive pre-legislative scrutiny process, including some of the best cross-party forensic examination of details by a Commons committee I've seen. Quite rightly therefore the published Bill includes some significant changes of detail which reflect those issues.