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

FINAL REPORT – Scottish Parliament 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 the Electoral Management Board for Scotland and the UK’s Electoral Commission. The nature of many polling places, especially in smaller communities, can … Continue reading FINAL REPORT – Scottish Parliament Elections 2021

FINAL REPORT – Welsh Senedd & Police and Crime Commissioner 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 Bodies and the UK’s Electoral Commission. The nature of many polling places, especially in smaller communities, can mean that the … Continue reading FINAL REPORT – Welsh Senedd & Police and Crime Commissioner Elections 2021

FINAL REPORT – Scottish By-Elections 2020-2021

This project comes at a critical and challenging time not only for elections and elections staff but for wider society, as restrictions on citizens’ freedoms are in place to help prevent the spread of Covid-19. Due to this, our observation methodology was altered to reflect these health considerations to ensure the health of the wider … Continue reading FINAL REPORT – Scottish By-Elections 2020-2021

INTERIM STATEMENT – Scottish By-Elections October-November 2020

Democracy Volunteers is the UK's largest election observation group and it has been assessing the recent council by-election in Scotland by attending polling stations and holding meetings with election officials online. Today the group has issued an interim statement on its recommendations ahead of the May Parliamentary elections in Scotland. The final report will be issued once the other by-elections have … Continue reading INTERIM STATEMENT – Scottish By-Elections October-November 2020