Absent Voting

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 16th June 2015.

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Photo of Alison McGovern Alison McGovern Shadow Minister (Treasury)

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many postal votes were rejected nationally at the 2015 General Election; and what steps he is taking to ensure that people whose postal vote was rejected on that occasion will not encounter the same problem in the future.

Photo of John Penrose John Penrose Government Whip, The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office

The Government does not collate such information centrally.

In the previous Parliament, the Government legislated to require Electoral Registration Officers to write out to postal voters whose ballot papers were not included in the count because details on their postal voting statement could not be verified. These notifications give an explanation for the rejection and should be sent in the three months immediately following the poll.

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