Electoral Commission

It Turns Out Voters Have Faith In Democracy - But We Can Do Better

Josiah Mortimer | Posted 03.02.2017 | UK Politics
Josiah Mortimer

From Donald Trump's claims of widespread voter fraud in the US, to the government's plans for voter ID trials in the UK next year, the (often shaky) notion of widespread abuse in our democratic system has been on the agenda this past few months...

Force Political Parties To Field Women Candidates With New Law, Say MPs

The Huffington Post | Ned Simons | Posted 09.01.2017 | UK Politics

Political parties should face fines if they fail to ensure at least 45% of their parliamentary candidates are women, MPs have said today. Of the 650 M...

Ken Livingstone Criticises Voter ID Trial As Unfairly Affecting Labour

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 27.12.2016 | UK

Voters will be forced to show proof of identity under a government pilot scheme aiming to tackle electoral fraud. People will be required to show phot...

Donald Trump, Vote Fraud, And The Fears Behind A Proposed UK Law You've Never Heard Of

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 03.12.2016 | UK

Donald Trump’s baseless claims of electoral fraud in the US have led to fears of a crackdown on voter rights once the president-elect takes office. ...

Eric Pickles' Electoral Fraud Report Is A Sledgehammer To Crack A Nut

Josiah Mortimer | Posted 16.08.2016 | UK Politics
Josiah Mortimer

There are some recommendations that are very much to be welcomed... Overall however, there's a big concern that this report doesn't provide enough verified evidence to justify making it harder to vote by raising barriers to democratic participation in the UK.

Polling Station Ordered To Remove 'Biased' England Flags After Voters Complain

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 23.06.2016 | UK

Election officials have removed strings of England flags from inside a polling station after voters complained the bunting breached strict impartialit...

EU Referendum Count Chaos As Electoral Commission Computers Crash Three Times In Practice Run

The Huffington Post | Owen Bennett | Posted 07.06.2016 | UK Politics

Fears the result of the EU Referendum could be marred by chaos have been sparked by repeated computer crashes during an official count practice run, H...

A Massive 'Software Error' Just Wrongly Gave 3,500 People A Vote In The EU Referendum

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 03.06.2016 | UK

Polling cards have been sent to over 3,000 people who are not eligible to vote in the upcoming EU referendum, the British elections regulator has reve...

Warning For Councils After Fraudsters Posing As Official Brexit Group Try To Get Voter Information

The Huffington Post | Owen Bennett | Posted 12.05.2016 | UK Politics

Data scammers are trying to get hold of sensitive voter information by pretending to be part of the Brexit campaign group Vote Leave. HuffPost UK can ...

Tories Investigated For Overspending At General Election

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 18.02.2016 | UK Politics

The electoral commission launched an investigation on Thursday looking at Tory spending during the general election for the Thanet South seat in Kent....

The BNP's Spectacular Rise And Fall In 10 Memorable Moments

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 08.01.2016 | UK

The British National Party was removed from the register of political parties in Great Britain on Friday - a dent in the far-right group's turbulent h...

BNP NO Longer An Official Political Party After Being Struck Off Register

The Huffington Post UK | Steven Hopkins | Posted 08.01.2016 | UK

The British National Party has been removed from the register of political parties in Great Britain by the Electoral Commission - but the party says i...

Watchdog Bites Back Over Tory 'Gerrymandering' Move

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 23.10.2015 | UK Politics

Tory plans to wipe 1.9m names off the electoral register are set to be blocked by a House of Lords revolt, following advice from Britain’s voting wa...

A Truly Open General Election? Not Quite

Jeni Tennison | Posted 01.05.2016 | UK Politics
Jeni Tennison

The UK is in the top spot on the Web Foundation's Open Data Barometer, but how transparent are our elections? It turns out, not very.

Lib Dems Facing 'Criminal' Investigation Over Party Donations

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 26.03.2015 | UK Politics

With little more than a month before the general election, the Liberal Democrats are facing a police investigation over allegations they received dona...

Lib Dem Targeted In Undercover Sting Quits Party, But He'll Stand For Election Anyway

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Jessica Elgot | Posted 12.03.2015 | UK Politics

A Liberal Democrat has quit as the party's general election candidate after apparently claiming to an undercover reporter posing as a wealthy Indian b...

We Must All Wake Up to the Challenge of Voter Registration, Before Its Too Late

Stephen Twigg | Posted 21.09.2014 | UK Politics
Stephen Twigg

Registration is key for voter turnout and is the basis for constituency boundaries. As a movement, we must all wake up to the challenge of voter registration as Councillors, MPs and activists, before it's too late.

Ukip Fury At Folded Ballot Papers As 'Imitation' Party Threatens Vote

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 23.05.2014 | UK

Ukip voters have suggested that polling stations are handing ballot papers to attendees with a fold obscuring the name of their party. Dozens of pe...

Extremist Party's Use Of Lee Rigby Slogan Prompts Grovelling Apology

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 26.04.2014 | UK

The Electoral Commission has been forced to make an embarrassing apology after allowing an extremist party to use a slogan featuring murdered soldier ...

Voter ID in Britain? A Note of Caution from Academic Research

Toby James | Posted 09.03.2014 | UK Politics
Toby James

In short, there are concerns about voter fraud but no evidence that it is widespread. Concerns more often arise from accusations of fraud made by politicians in the media, rather than concrete cases. We can expect that voter ID could reduce turnout unevenly, and party positions on the policy issue will be electorally motivated. We frankly need more research.

Electoral Commission Wants All Voters To Show ID At The Polling Station

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

All voters should be required to show proof of identity when they turn up at a polling station before they can cast their vote, the official UK electi...

New Lobbying Bill Will Affect Charities' Ability To Campaign On Political Issues

The Guardian | Posted 26.10.2013 | UK Politics

The Electoral Commission, Britain's elections watchdog, has concluded that government plans to curb political campaigning by charities before a genera...

UK Concern As Mugabe 'Re-Elected' Amid Fraud Claims

PA | Posted 03.08.2013 | UK

Foreign Secretary William Hague today commended the people of Zimbabwe for holding peaceful presidential polls, but voiced "grave concerns" about the ...

Does Democracy Begin at Home? Why Many People With Learning Disabilities Won't Vote Tomorrow

Su Sayer | Posted 01.07.2013 | UK Politics
Su Sayer

Something struck me while the Arab Spring was spreading throughout the Middle East in 2011. The main reason so much of the British media and public was enthusiastic about these revolutions was the hope they would result in the spread of democracy to other countries.

Electoral Commission To Look Into Poor PCC Turnout

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.11.2012 | UK Politics

An in-depth investigation into dire voter turnout at the polls for police and crime commissioners is being launched by an elections watchdog. The E...