‘Sweeping reform’ of elections required
Election officers have warned of an electoral system that is in 'danger of failing’.
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'.
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’.
Millions of voters missing from electoral registers, report warns
Millions of eligible voters may be missing from electoral registers, a Lords report has warned 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.
Lords postal votes criticism rejected
Civil servants have defended the postal votes system in the face of criticism from Lords.
Can elections staff go on?
Electoral administrators delivered despite - not because of - the current system, writes Peter Stanyon – and he says reform and harmonisation are urgently needed to improve the way we run elections in the UK.
EXCLUSIVE: Scores may have been incorrectly told they can vote
Councils have been urgently checking their electoral registers ahead of tomorrow’s General Election after being told to install a last-minute software release.
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.
Voters wrongly told of electoral register removal
Swindon BC has apologised after sending hundreds of letters in error telling voters they would be removed from the electoral register.
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.
Councils face mounting costs ahead of snap poll, officers warn
Councils face mounting costs as they battle to get ready for a looming General Election.
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.
We need to modernise and strengthen the electoral machinery
Professor Toby James says there is a roadmap available that would put elections on the surer ground they require. Thankfully, the norms of civic duty and professionalism are strong, he adds.
Elections staff 'fearful' of national poll
Council officers are ‘fearful of a General Election’ due to a lack of resources, peers have been told.
Eight million people missing from electoral register, report warns
Millions of people are not registered to vote correctly due to ‘persistent and serious’ problems with the way elections are run, a new report has warned today.
Pickles: Fraud can change council control
There are still weaknesses in the running of local elections, a House of Lords select committee has heard.
Civil servants argue voter registration overhaul is too expensive
Senior Whitehall officials have told peers simplifying the voter registration system would be too costly.
Voters value limiting influence of party donors more than ID checks
Voters are more concerned with balanced media coverage and big party donors than ID at polling stations, a survey has suggested.
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.