Revolution for Welsh local democracy
The Welsh Government’s Local Government and Elections Bill is not a technical and legalistic charter, says Welsh local government minister Julie James. Rather, it will ‘positively transform the experience of democratic engagement and empowerment’
Proportional votes to come to Wales
Proportional voting will be introduced to Welsh council elections for the first time as the franchise is extended to 16- and 17-year olds and foreigners.
Local government does a brilliant job in elections
Ben Page 'cannot ever recall a UK election 'like the one Americans are currently fighting over'. He says it is 'sometimes worth remembering just how efficient and effective British local government is'.
We’ve made strategic errors on UK elections
Election counts need more speed and spectacle for democracy to survive the Trump effect, argues Mike Bennett. We need to ‘put purpose before process’.
EXCLUSIVE: Cabinet Office rules out elections delay
The Cabinet Office has ruled out any further delays to local elections despite the complexity of going to the polls amid a pandemic.
Voter ID ‘not the issue,’ claim election officers
Appeals have been made to the Government to shift its focus from voter ID trials and address the ‘fragility of the electoral system’.
No by-elections before May, ministers confirm
Ministers have confirmed that no by-elections or neighbourhood planning referendums will take place in England before May.
Warning 2021 polls will be 'most challenging' in a generation
Returning officers have been warned they face the ‘most challenging elections to administer in our lifetimes’ next year.
Havering stands by investigation lead choice
Havering LBC has insisted the officer chosen to lead an investigation into gerrymandering and misconduct allegations will be able to carry out an impartial review.
Mayor anticipates Covid-19 election disruption
London mayor Sadiq Khan has urged voters in the capital to register for postal ballots ahead of next year’s elections to avoid disruption from the Covid-19 crisis.
Sector faces 'battle royal' over reorganisation
Local government has been warned it faces a ‘battle royal’ with ministers appearing determined to force through reorganisation.
New review to look at regulation of political finance
The Committee on Standards in Public Life is reviewing electoral regulation and wishes to hear from anyone with experience or views on the regulation of party finance, says Lord Jonathan Evans.
Campaigners call for voting age to be lowered to 16 across all of the UK
The right to vote should be extended to include 16 and 17 year olds in England, campaigners have said today.
Concerns over Cabinet Office door knock canvass
Concerns are mounting that electoral canvassers will be forced to knock on hundreds of thousands of doors despite the dangers of the coronavirus pandemic.
Jenrick urges councils not to delay on coronavirus spending
Local government secretary Robert Jenrick this week urged council leaders not to put off decisions because of money in their response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Lords postal votes criticism rejected
Civil servants have defended the postal votes system in the face of criticism from Lords.
Government postpones elections
Local government elections due to take place on 7 May have been postponed for a year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Electoral Commission calls for autumn polls
May’s local elections should be postponed until the autumn, the Electoral Commission has said.
Government asked to look at postponing elections over coronavirus
Fears that coronavirus could derail May’s polls have been detailed in a letter to the Government from electoral officers.
Learn lessons from the snap election, says AEA
Council returning officers have demanded lessons ‘be learned’ after December’s snap General Election exposed the ‘fragility’ of the UK’s electoral system.