March 2018

New Electoral Administration Bulletins

The Electoral Commission has issued the following Bulletins:- No. 212 for England – including Electoral registration guidance update, May 2018 polls: update on party names, descriptions and emblems, and public awareness campaign No. 210 for Wales (English version) No. 210 for Wales (Welsh version)

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LGiU Fortnightly 29th March: Local Election Special

LGiU Fortnightly is our new podcast, bringing you the latest news from the world of local government. We update you on the key events from the past fortnight, as well as news from us and our members, so you’re always in the loop. We’re always looking for more ways to bring you the information you need […]

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Homeland Security Chief Warns Adversaries Against Election Meddling

WASHINGTON — Kirstjen Nielsen, the homeland security secretary, recently warned dozens of foreign diplomats — including the Russian ambassador — that the United States would retaliate if adversaries abroad meddled in its coming elections. “To those who would try to attack our democracy, to affect our elections, to affect the elections of other countries, to […]

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Electoral Modernisation in Scotland

The Scottish government published an exciting document making proposals for electoral reform in December 2017.  The Scottish Parliament recently gained new powers over the conduct of Scottish Parliamentary elections and electoral registration and already has devolved responsibility for local government elections. Read more from Toby James here.

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Will Brexit be the trigger for indyref2?

Brexit presents a challenge on many fronts. What will happen to trade? What will happen to the movement of people? What will happen on the island of Ireland? However, there is also a concomitant conundrum with regard to Scottish independence. And that conundrum is already provoking substantial debate, not least among those who voted Yes in […]

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What to look out for in May’s local elections

Voters will head to the polls on 3 May for the first England-wide test of electoral opinion since last year’s dramatic general election. Although there are no polls in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, there is plenty of action in England – with seats on about 150 councils up for grabs. These are a mixture of metropolitan, […]

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Work of the Electoral Commission

Click below to read the letter from Sir John Holmes, Chairman of the Commission, to Bernard Jenkin MP, Chair of the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee.

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Scottish Government: E-voting pilots will go ahead

In response to a letter coordinated by WebRoots Democracy, the Scottish Government Minister for Parliamentary Business, Joe Fitzpatrick MSP, reaffirmed their commitment to undertaking pilots of electronic voting. Our letter, co-signed by more than 30 leading academics and charity bosses, called upon the Scottish Government to “stay true to their commitment” to pilot online voting for elections.

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