Category Archives: EU referendum

My day at the Electoral Commission

As an Electoral Services Officer in a small local authority I’ve always viewed the Electoral Commission as a bit of an ivory tower, a faceless organisation far removed from the electoral frontline… Continue reading

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Never underestimate the power of the ballot box

2016 has been the year that democracy reasserted itself. In June, voters across the UK took part in a historic referendum, the outcome of which has profoundly changed our relationships with 27 other nations. Last month, after an 18 month … Continue reading

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Voters say EU Referendum was well run, but lessons should still be learnt

  Over recent years, there’s been much debate as to whether democratic participation is on a downward trajectory. That certainly wasn’t the case at June’s EU Referendum. A turnout of 72.2% was the highest UK-wide turnout since the 1992 General … Continue reading

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Guidance and advice for campaigners at the EU Referendum

Our job is to ensure the smooth running of referendums and a vital part of this is making sure that campaigners can take part as easily as possible, whilst also following the rules that may apply to them. Today, we … Continue reading

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Did you know expats will be able to vote in the EU referendum?

Lots of UK nationals who live overseas don’t know that they may be able to take part in the referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union. The referendum is due to take place by 31 December 2017, and … Continue reading

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An overnight count will go ahead at the EU referendum

As Chief Counting Officer at the EU Referendum, Jenny Watson (who is also the Chair of the Commission) launched a consultation on her proposed approach to managing the EU referendum*. The consultation has been a chance to hear feedback from … Continue reading

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What is an intelligible question?

On 5th July 2015 the Greek electorate went to the polls to vote on the following referendum question: It would be safe to say that in the UK, this 74-word question would not have passed our referendum question intelligibility test. … Continue reading

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