Voters give animal magic
For all its ills, social media has brought us some thoroughly modern new traditions, among the most loved being #dogsatpollingstations.
Gateshead e-voting trial declared a success
The tradition of dozens of volunteers gathering in town halls and leisure centres to count ballots until the crack of dawn and beyond could soon become a thing of the past.
Conservatives struggle at the polls as Lib Dems gain
The two main political parties have made big loses in the local elections, with the Lib Dems, Greens and independents the real winners of the night.
Voter ID plans will impact ‘millions on the margins’
Millions of people will be denied their right to vote if the Government presses ahead with its mandatory voter ID plans, according to a warning from campaigners.
EXCLUSIVE: Security fears after candidate addresses published
Security concerns have been raised after a loophole forced councils to publish the home addresses of candidates standing in the EU elections.
£100m EU elections bill even if poll cancelled
The UK will still be landed with a close to £100m bill for the EU elections - even if they were cancelled before May 23, The MJ understands.
Paws for thought
Candidates pawtrolling the streets attempting to drum up support ahead of today’s local elections have had a clawful time these last few weeks.
Voter ID plans slammed as 'undemocratic'
Mandatory voter ID requirements will seriously damage democracy, the Electoral Reform Society has warned again ahead of the local elections this week.
Elections staff left asking questions on EU poll payments
Elections staff remain in the dark over the payments they will receive if the EU polls are cancelled.
EXCLUSIVE: Concern over councils' ability to cope with polls
Council chiefs have raised concerns with Government about the sector’s capacity to run EU elections so close on the heels of local polls.
Minister defends voter ID trials amid 'scaremongering'
Concerns over voter ID trials have been dismissed as ‘scaremongering’ and ‘conspiracy theorising’ by a minister.
LGA chief suggests one year Spending Review possible
The months ahead represent a crunch time for local government – but not just because of Brexit, according to Local Government Association chief executive Mark Lloyd.
EXCLUSIVE: Whitehall warned as Brexit tensions grow
‘Early signs’ of escalating community tensions and hate crime related to Brexit have been reported to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), The MJ has learnt.
Whitehall prepares for EU elections
The Government has written to the Electoral Commission confirming it will help local authorities prepare for possible European elections in May.
Government defends voter ID legal challenge
A legal challenge to the Government’s voter ID trial has been rejected.
£100m cost of EU elections if Brexit delayed beyond June
The UK could be landed with a £100m bill to host EU elections separately from May’s local polls if Article 50 is extended beyond June, the Government has been warned.
Voter ID pilot using poll cards worked in Watford
Watford BC's voter ID pilot using poll cards with technology as proof of identity enhanced the elections and did not put electors off exercising their right to vote, says Gordon Amos.
Councils back out of voter ID trials
Three councils have withdrawn from the Government’s controversial voter ID trials.
NILGA: Give councils the power to change Northern Ireland
The Northern Ireland Local Government Association (NILGA) has called for the role of councils to be formally reviewed and strengthened after the elections in May, giving greater decision making powers to local people and places.
Voter ID pilots face legal challenge
A formal legal challenge to the Government’s voter ID trials has been lodged at the High Court by lawyers representing campaigner Neil Coughlan.