Archive for postal voting
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.
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 […]
Something rarely talked about with postal voting is the number of people who miss out on having their vote cast because the Royal Mail loses or delays the delivery of the ballot paper back to the Returning Officer. It isn’t a number that can be measured directly, but one figure is gathered but then ignored […]
Data from November 2012 Police and Crime Commissioner elections...
The panel, consisting of cross-party councillors and representatives, will gather evidence at five public hearings across the borough.
Parliamentary by-election timetables with be lengthened, Returning Officers face losing pay for under-performance and postal voters will be better informed about problems in future.
The Electoral Commission has promised to look at the question of when elections should be counted.
Last week, the Electoral Commission published its report into the administration of the May's AV referendum. Despite the high political temperatures during the campaign, the administration got little criticism at the time and so the report rightly reflects that. However, amongst the details are some important pointers to issues that are likely to come up at future elections.
Answering questions in Deputy Prime Minister Question Time this afternoon, Nick Clegg said that he is “minded to change” the proposals currently out for consultation that would make electoral registration voluntary following the concerns expressed by the Electoral Commission and others. Good news. He also reiterated his support for providing returning officers with the necessary […]