FINAL REPORT – Tower Hamlets Elections 2022

Executive Summary Democracy Volunteers deployed 10 observers to the London Borough of Tower Hamlets on 5th May 2022. These observers formed teams of two and attended 96 of the 109 polling places. There are 74 polling venues in Tower Hamlets, some with two ballot boxes. These observers spent between 30 minutes and 60 minutes at … Continue reading FINAL REPORT – Tower Hamlets Elections 2022

FINAL REPORT – Denmark Kommune and Regional Elections 16/11/21

Democracy Volunteers director, Dr John Ault, has called on the Danish Government to urgently reconsider its lack of legislation concerning election observation and introduce a formal process for accrediting domestic and international election observers.  Overall, the observer team was impressed with the very well-run elections conducted in the polling stations we attended. Voting was open … Continue reading FINAL REPORT – Denmark Kommune and Regional Elections 16/11/21

Preliminary Statement – Denmark Kommune and Regional Elections 16/11/21

Democracy Volunteers deployed 20 observers across Denmark in yesterday’s local and regional elections. Overall, the election was very well administered giving voters free and open access to the voting process. As a member of the Global Network of Domestic Election Monitors (GNDEM), Democracy Volunteers has an agreed code of conduct for observers. All observers are … Continue reading Preliminary Statement – Denmark Kommune and Regional Elections 16/11/21

FINAL REPORT – Gibraltar Referendum (Reproductive Rights) 2021

The referendum was very well run by staff and additional COVID-19 precautions were handled especially well. The observation team were impressed by the conduct of staff throughout polling day, especially given the sensitive nature of the issue being contested, which had been described as both emotive and serious by those on the ground . To … Continue reading FINAL REPORT – Gibraltar Referendum (Reproductive Rights) 2021

Democracy Under Stress: A report into elections funding in England

As part of our work in 2021 we have been increasingly aware of the mounting costs that elections incur, whether this has been through our interlocutor meetings, media reports or from statements from the Association of Electoral Administrators. As well as the local elections in England in May, and the parliamentary elections in Scotland and … Continue reading Democracy Under Stress: A report into elections funding in England

FINAL REPORT – The English Regional Mayoralties

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough, Greater Manchester, West Midlands, West of England and West Yorkshire. These elections were very well run by staff who were faced by an extraordinary situation.  The Covid security put in place for the elections was impressive and generally followed the recommendations of Public Health England and the UK’s Electoral Commission. The nature … Continue reading FINAL REPORT – The English Regional Mayoralties

SPECIAL ELECTION REPORT – Blind and Partially Sighted Voters in London

Blind and Partially Sighted Voters continue to face extensive challenges in aspects of voter registration, polling day operations and having equal access to a secret ballot as other voters.We believe the various court cases that have stated that access for blind and partially sighted voters is ‘‘a parody of the electoral process”. The secret ballot … Continue reading SPECIAL ELECTION REPORT – Blind and Partially Sighted Voters in London

FINAL REPORT – London Mayoral and Assembly Elections 2021

Overview These elections were very well run by staff who were faced by an extraordinary situation. The Covid security put in place for the elections was impressive and generally followed the recommendations of Public Health England and the UK’s Electoral Commission. The nature of many polling places can mean that the social distancing expected was … Continue reading FINAL REPORT – London Mayoral and Assembly Elections 2021