General Elections: Weather

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 4th November 2019.

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Photo of Jon Trickett Jon Trickett Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office), Shadow Lord President of the Council

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether his Department has modelled the effect of winter weather on predicted General Election turnout.

Photo of Chloe Smith Chloe Smith The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office, Assistant Whip

Whilst there is a common perception that bad weather affects voter turnout, researchers from the Universities of Oxford and Strathclyde say that there is no evidence from the UK to suggest that bad weather stops people from voting.

Cabinet Office works with Returning Officers, the Electoral Commission, the Civil Contingencies Secretariat and other organisations to mitigate risks to the effective administration of the election.

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