Archive for electoral registration
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.
The Daily Express reports: [Conservative MP for Enfield North] Nick de Bois cross-checked the names of constituents seeking his help to stay in the UK and found 21 out of a sample 100 had signed up for voting rights. The Tory backbencher is calling on ministers to tighten registration rules, claiming it is harder to get [...]
From today’s paper: You are right to highlight the extraordinarily long time it is taking to introduce individual electoral registration in the UK* (leading article, 3 April). However, it is a little unfair to blame the Electoral Commission for that. They have been calling for its introduction for many years, and it was the slowness [...]
Scotland Yard has been asked by the Electoral Commission to investigate “unprecedented” evidence of voter fraud ahead of next week’s polling for London Mayor.
Via a slightly odd story in the Daily Telegraph comes the news that Nick Clegg is pushing for the current legal penalties for not returning electoral registration forms to be continued when individual electoral registration is introduced.