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 – 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