Opinion split over election date
Concerned council chief executives have continued to express safety fears about holding elections in May despite regional returning officers telling ministers it can be done.
Minister insists the May polls will go ahead
Local elections should go ahead in May, constitution minister Chloe Smith has insisted amid rising concerns over safety during the pandemic.
Electoral Commission calls for autumn polls
May’s local elections should be postponed until the autumn, the Electoral Commission has said.
Millions join surge to register to vote in General Election
More than three million applications have been made during the month between the calling of the election and tonight's deadline to register for December’s poll.
CIPFA chief warns of 'political Groundhog Day'
A continuing 'political Groundhog Day' is hitting local services 'that affect real people every day', according to the chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy.
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.
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.
'Nearly everyone' showed correct ID in voter trials
An independent evaluation of voter ID trials in May has found they were a success and ‘nearly everyone’ showed the correct identification.
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’.
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.
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.
New batch of voter ID pilot areas announced
Eleven pilots for voter ID checks will be carried out at next year’s elections.
Government urged to halt voter ID
Ministers have come under renewed pressure to halt plans to expand compulsory voter ID pilots.
More voter identification trials needed - Electoral Commission
Trials of voter identification have worked well, according to the Electoral Commission’s official evaluation.
Voter ID plans 'totally unnecessary'
The Government’s plans to make voter ID compulsory during the upcoming local elections are ‘over-bearing and totally unnecessary,’ the Electoral Reform Society has warned today.
Don't take a Gambia on voting!
Diary welcomes the news that The Gambia has re-joined the Commonwealth after almost five years outside the institution.
Eight out of ten people think elections are well run
Eight out of ten people believe elections are well run and free from fraud, according to research by the Electoral Commission.
‘Large deposits for mayor are undemocratic’
The ‘excessively large’ deposits needed to run to be a combined authority mayor are a ‘travesty of democracy,’ the leader of the Local Government Association’s independent group has said.