Elections

  • 'Cracks' starting to show in electoral system

    16 September 2019

    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

    09 September 2019

    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

    03 September 2019

    Council officers are ‘fearful of a General Election’ due to a lack of resources, peers have been told.


  • Government stands firm after Pickles plea

    12 August 2019

    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

    17 July 2019

    Senior Whitehall officials have told peers simplifying the voter registration system would be too costly.


  • Savings scepticism over election reforms

    12 June 2019

    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

    12 June 2019

    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.


  • Party of one

    05 June 2019

    Between organising two elections in quick succession, one council boss was left scratching their head when no one turned up to a debrief.


  • ‘Enough is enough’

    04 June 2019

    Chief executive of the Association of Electoral Administrators (AEA) Peter Stanyon says a root and branch review of election delivery must happen, with the concerns of those on the frontline heard and understood


  • Counting the costs of the 'break-neck speed' EU elections

    04 June 2019

    Returning officer Ian Miller writes in a personal capacity about the lessons Government and the House of Commons must learn after two major elections within three weeks - and he backs the recent Localis call for five-year terms for councillors.


  • Council launches internal review after 'scandalous error'

    03 June 2019

    Plymouth City Council has launched an internal review of its voter registration processes after one election candidate accused it of a ‘scandalous error’.


  • Trouble and strife

    28 May 2019

    Diary understands the life of a councillor can be a difficult one, but quitting less than a day after the polls closed must be some kind of record.


  • EU citizens ‘denied’ vote in European elections

    24 May 2019

    EU citizens living in the UK complained of having their right to vote for an MEP ‘denied’.


  • EXCLUSIVE: Violence could delay EU poll

    22 May 2019

    Polling at the EU elections may be suspended if rioting or open violence breaks out today, returning officers have been told.


  • Voters give animal magic

    08 May 2019

    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

    03 May 2019

    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

    03 May 2019

    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’

    02 May 2019

    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

    02 May 2019

    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

    01 May 2019

    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.