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 – English Local Elections (including Voter ID Trials) 02/05/19

Democracy Volunteers deployed teams across the four councils conducting Voter ID Pilots on May 2nd. Teams of observers were deployed to Derby, Pendle, Mid-Sussex and Woking. The selection of these four councils was partly based on the specific nature of Derby and Pendle, having previously been identified as areas of concern in the so-called “Pickles … Continue reading FINAL REPORT – English Local Elections (including Voter ID Trials) 02/05/19

PRELIMINARY STATEMENT – Voter ID Trials 02/05/19

Democracy Volunteers, the UK’s leading election observation group, has today been conducting observations across 4 of the voter ID trial councils to assess their potential impacts on the future of elections in the UK. This follows a voter ID trial over five areas in 2018, in which Democracy Volunteers observed all 5 councils. In 2018, … Continue reading PRELIMINARY STATEMENT – Voter ID Trials 02/05/19

FINAL REPORT – Tower Hamlets Mayoral and Council Elections 03/05/18

The mission deployed a series of observers to attend several aspects of the electoral process in Tower Hamlets. Before polling day a team of 2 attended the Council’s briefing to presiding officers and polling clerks (17/04/18).  This team subsequently held a meeting with Robert Curtis – Tower Hamlets’ Head of Electoral Services - to find … Continue reading FINAL REPORT – Tower Hamlets Mayoral and Council Elections 03/05/18

FINAL REPORT – English Local Elections (including Voter ID Pilots) 03/05/18

All observers were trained and briefed on the process of observation in the days before polling day. The briefing for the Northern Councils was held in Manchester on Saturday 28th April and the briefing for the Voter ID pilots took place in London on the morning of Wednesday 2nd May before teams were sent to … Continue reading FINAL REPORT – English Local Elections (including Voter ID Pilots) 03/05/18

SPECIAL REPORT – Voter ID Pilots in English Local Elections 03/05/18

Democracy Volunteers deployed teams across the five councils conducting Voter ID Pilots on May 3rd. Teams of observers were deployed as follows: Bromley          2 Teams of four observersGosport           1 Team of four observersSwindon          2 Teams of four observersWatford           1 Team of four observersWoking           2 Teams of two observers The number of polling … Continue reading SPECIAL REPORT – Voter ID Pilots in English Local Elections 03/05/18

FINAL REPORT – Lancashire County Council Elections (Pendle) 04/05/17

A team of four observers, registered with the UK's Electoral Commission, made 33 separate observations in 29 different polling stations across Pendle. Each observation teams was split into pairs to allow for objective observation and they then agreed their opinions of the electoral process before submitting data to the central team. The survey was conducted online so data … Continue reading FINAL REPORT – Lancashire County Council Elections (Pendle) 04/05/17