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.
Party of one
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’
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
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'
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
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
EU citizens living in the UK complained of having their right to vote for an MEP ‘denied’.
EXCLUSIVE: Violence could delay EU poll
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
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.
White Van Man on... local elections
I’m all in favour of democracy but you wonder sometimes whether we’ve got too much of it. I mean take the local elections which are one big yawn.
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.
A good tip-off?
Diary sympathises with its journalist colleagues as they desperately search around for stories in the news desert caused by Purdah.