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Are the UK’s elections fit for purpose? We must avoid complacency to stop a perfect storm from forming

On Wednesday night, our Chair, Sir John Holmes, gave a speech to the Institute for Government on the state of the British electoral system. Continue reading

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Responding to the rise of digital campaigning

Bob Posner, Electoral Commission Director of Political Finance and Regulation & Legal Counsel Effective campaigning is, and always has been, an important part of elections and over the last few years we have seen this move more and more into … Continue reading

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To what extent are charities affected by the “Lobbying Act”?

I recently read with interest a blog by the Minister for Civil Society, Tracey Crouch MP suggesting the perceptions about the impact of the “Lobbying Act” are more damaging to charities’ campaigning than the reality. Continue reading

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Time for modernising elections in Wales

The Welsh Government has consulted on modernising the way local elections in Wales are conducted and today we publish our views on these proposals. Continue reading

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Did the Electoral Commission really suggest banning people from voting?

Some recent media reports have suggested the Electoral Commission was calling for ‘social media trolls’ to be banned from voting in our response to the current  Committee on Standards in Public Life (CSPL) inquiry into intimidation of Parliamentary candidates . Continue reading

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Change needed on voter registration before next general election

June’s general election saw the largest ever electorate for a UK-wide poll with an estimated 46.8 million people registered to vote. The public’s willingness to engage in democracy is both clear and encouraging, but the system which supports voter registration … Continue reading

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Regulating election campaign spending

By Sir John Holmes, Chair, UK Electoral Commission The last weeks have seen significant coverage of the issue of the regulation of political campaigning, much of it focusing on two sets of linked, but very different investigations. The Electoral Commission … Continue reading

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