High Court to hear Royal Mail's bid to halt pre-election strike
The Royal Mail’s attempts to block a strike in the run up to the General Election will be heard at the High Court today.
Mail launches bid to halt postal strike
The Royal Mail has today launched a High Court bid to halt industrial action, claiming the ballot of its employees had ‘potential irregularities’.
Voters wrongly told of electoral register removal
Swindon BC has apologised after sending hundreds of letters in error telling voters they would be removed from the electoral register.
Government pledges to cover cost of alternative polling stations
Councils will be reimbursed for the cost of finding alternative polling stations in the upcoming General Election.
Hopson warning over politicising health and social care
Politicians should avoid using the NHS as a weapon during the General Election and instead offer ‘proper, sustainable’ solutions for the social care crisis, a leading health sector figure has argued.
Commission in pre-election warning
The difficulties of running well-run elections are increasing, the Electoral Commission has warned as legislation to trigger a pre-Christmas General Election cleared the House of Lords.
Councils face mounting costs ahead of snap poll, officers warn
Councils face mounting costs as they battle to get ready for a looming General Election.
Mending a shattered society
Local government must be the glue that mends the broken bonds of our communities, writes Donna Hall.
Queen's speech: Voter ID requirement at elections to be rolled out
The Queen’s Speech has set out the Government’s plans to require voters to show photographic ID at polling stations.
Queen's speech: Devo Bill expected in first Queen's Speech since 2017
Devolution is expected to feature in today’s Queen’s Speech as the Government outlines its planned legislation for the first time since 2017.
Plans for voter ID bill branded 'dangerous and undemocratic'
Plans to introduce voter ID across the whole country have been branded ‘dangerous, misguided and undemocratic’ by the Electoral Reform Society (ERS).
Millions of people incorrectly registered to vote, study finds
A new study has revealed that up to 9.4 million people are not registered properly to vote, leading to calls to reform the system.
We need to modernise and strengthen the electoral machinery
Professor Toby James says there is a roadmap available that would put elections on the surer ground they require. Thankfully, the norms of civic duty and professionalism are strong, he adds.
'Cracks' starting to show in electoral system
Election administrators have warned of ‘cracks’ beginning to show in the electoral system with the prospect of another poll on the horizon.
High Court overturns election result
Swindon Council has welcomed a High Court decision to overturn an election in which the wrong candidate was elected as a councillor.
Elections staff 'fearful' of national poll
Council officers are ‘fearful of a General Election’ due to a lack of resources, peers have been told.
Government stands firm after Pickles plea
The Government has said it ‘would not be appropriate’ to pay legal costs to whistleblowers in electoral fraud cases despite a former communities secretary revealing he fought for it to happen.
Civil servants argue voter registration overhaul is too expensive
Senior Whitehall officials have told peers simplifying the voter registration system would be too costly.
Savings scepticism over election reforms
Election professionals have expressed scepticism that expected savings from reforming the annual canvass will offset the need for Government funding for individual electoral registration (IER).
Voter ID confidence drops
The proportion of people who think voter ID helps to prevent electoral fraud has dropped from 52% in 2016 to 35% in 2019, new research has found.