Local Government: Elections

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 11th April 2019.

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Photo of Lord Rennard Lord Rennard Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to assess the likely level of personation that could occur at polling stations in the May 2019 local elections; and whether they will obtain from Electoral Registration Officers for those elections the number of tendered ballot papers issued in each local authority area.

Photo of Lord Young of Cookham Lord Young of Cookham Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip), Lords Spokesperson (Cabinet Office)

The Electoral Commission collate information on allegations of electoral fraud, including personation, at elections and in due course will publish a report covering all polls held in 2019.

The Government has no plans to ask Electoral Registration Officers to provide information on the number of tendered ballot papers issued in each local authority. Whilst details of tendered ballot papers issued are recorded at each polling station, numbers are not totalled and there is no requirement to record this number.

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