Monthly Archives: August 2015

Answering the Call for Evidence – Third Party Campaigning Review

Non-party campaigning organisations have always been a vital element of democratic participation in the UK. Civil society, charities and community groups, large and small, are often the point through which voters engage in the political issues that matter to them. … Continue reading

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The future of electoral law

As we’ve said on the blog previously , electoral laws in the UK have become too numerous, unnecessarily complicated and out of date. That’s why the three UK Law Commissions are working on simplifying the legal framework. Here at the Electoral … Continue reading

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Responding to the Government’s Review of Electoral Fraud

The Electoral Commission has always taken electoral fraud extremely seriously. Although cases of proven electoral fraud are thankfully rare in the UK, any fraud has the potential not only to affect individual voters but also to damage wider public confidence … Continue reading

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What’s in a name?

One of the areas that my team at the Electoral Commission is responsible for is leading our work registering political parties in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Registering as a political party allows that party to use particular ‘identity marks’ … Continue reading

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15 – 17 year olds can now register to vote in Scotland!

The rules on the voting age have now changed meaning that, for the first time, 16 and 17 year olds will be eligible to take part in elections to the Scottish Parliament and at local elections in Scotland. Starting today, … Continue reading

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