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unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-06-13more like thismore than 2019-06-13
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Cabinet Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 53 remove filter
unstar this property answering dept short name Cabinet Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Cabinet Office more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Absent Voting remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps his Department is taking to safeguard the electoral process in respect of postal voting. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Sevenoaks more like this
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Sir Michael Fallon more like this
star this property uin 264295 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-06-20more like thismore than 2019-06-20
star this property answer text <p>Electoral Fraud is unacceptable on any level. We have processes in place to defend against electoral fraud and there is ongoing work with electoral administrators and Royal Mail to implement these. In response to the Pickles report on electoral fraud, the Government accepted recommendations to strengthen the postal vote system and, in line with our manifesto commitment, we are working to reform postal voting to ensure our elections are secure.</p><p> </p><p>Cabinet Office coordinates cross-Government work to protect and secure our democratic processes and ensure those involved in delivering our elections receive cyber, physical and personnel security advice from experts at the National Cyber Security Centre and the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Torbay more like this
star this property answering member printed Kevin Foster more like this
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less than 2019-06-20T14:21:46.103Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-20T14:21:46.103Z
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star this property label Biography information for Kevin Foster more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Sir Michael Fallon more like this
1130853
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-06-10more like thismore than 2019-06-10
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Cabinet Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 53 remove filter
unstar this property answering dept short name Cabinet Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Cabinet Office more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Absent Voting remove filter
star this property house id 2 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government when the regulations regarding the posting of ballots were last reviewed. more like this
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Lord Roberts of Llandudno more like this
star this property uin HL16220 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-06-19more like thismore than 2019-06-19
star this property answer text <p>The Government keeps under review all electoral legislation, including the requirements relating to postal voting, to ensure it continues to support electors’ participation in elections and effective electoral administration. As part of this, we will consider any recommendations that the Electoral Commission may make about the current postal voting arrangements, for example, in its reports on elections and referendums.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Young of Cookham more like this
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less than 2019-06-19T11:13:13.493Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-19T11:13:13.493Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Young of Cookham more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Roberts of Llandudno more like this
1055923
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-02-06more like thismore than 2019-02-06
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Cabinet Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 53 remove filter
unstar this property answering dept short name Cabinet Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Cabinet Office more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Absent Voting remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the process by which people travelling overseas are able to register to vote by proxy. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Bristol East more like this
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Kerry McCarthy more like this
star this property uin 217505 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-02-11more like thismore than 2019-02-11
star this property answer text <p>Electors who are registered to vote but will be travelling abroad during the time of an election are able to apply for a proxy vote for that particular poll or polls. The application must be made in writing, it must include specific information about the elector and their proxy, and the reason for applying for a proxy.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Norwich North more like this
star this property answering member printed Chloe Smith more like this
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less than 2019-02-11T10:30:56.18Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-11T10:30:56.18Z
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1609
star this property label Biography information for Chloe Smith more like this
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1491
unstar this property label Biography information for Kerry McCarthy more like this
1047782
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-01-24more like thismore than 2019-01-24
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Cabinet Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 53 remove filter
unstar this property answering dept short name Cabinet Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Cabinet Office more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Absent Voting remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the ease with which people travelling abroad can register to vote by proxy. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Bristol East more like this
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Kerry McCarthy more like this
star this property uin 212340 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction true more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-01-29more like thismore than 2019-01-29
star this property answer text <p><del class="ministerial">The cost to taxpayers of delivering the 2016 EU Referendum was £129.1 million. A breakdown of that cost is provided in the report published by the Electoral Commission.</del></p><p> </p><p><del class="ministerial">The then Government undertook publicity on EU membership ahead of the referendum. This cost an additional £9.3 million.</del></p><p> </p><p><del class="ministerial">The total cost to taxpayers was thus £138.4 million</del></p><p> </p><p><ins class="ministerial">Electors who are registered to vote but will be travelling abroad during the time of an election are able to apply for a proxy vote for that particular poll or polls. The application must be made in writing, it must include specific information about the elector and their proxy, and the reason for applying for a proxy.</ins></p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Norwich North more like this
star this property answering member printed Chloe Smith more like this
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less than 2019-01-29T09:42:51.57Zmore like thismore than 2019-01-29T09:42:51.57Z
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less than 2019-02-07T16:30:44.093Zmore like thismore than 2019-02-07T16:30:44.093Z
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star this property label Biography information for Chloe Smith more like this
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star this property answering member constituency Norwich North more like this
star this property answering member printed Chloe Smith more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Chloe Smith more like this
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1491
unstar this property label Biography information for Kerry McCarthy more like this
1007845
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-11-15more like thismore than 2018-11-15
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Cabinet Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 53 remove filter
unstar this property answering dept short name Cabinet Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Cabinet Office more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Absent Voting remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps his Department is taking to strengthen the integrity of the postal voting system. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Hendon more like this
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Dr Matthew Offord more like this
star this property uin 191906 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-11-23more like thismore than 2018-11-23
star this property answer text <p>The British public deserves to have confidence in our democracy and the Government is committed to ensuring that our electoral system is fit for the future.</p><p>Next year, Peterborough and Pendle will be piloting measures to improve the integrity of the postal and proxy vote process. This builds on similar pilots in 2018.</p><p>In addition, the Government is looking to introduce measures which will prohibit party campaigners from handling postal votes, and apply a limit to the number of postal ballots that any one individual can hand in at a polling station. The provisions will be backed up by a new offence, and will make a significant contribution to enhancing the security of postal voting. There is currently a Government supported Private Members’ Bill in the House of Commons looking to introduce this policy.</p><p>The Government is considering the way forward on the other recommendations made by Sir Eric Pickles, a number of which relate to absent voting, and will continue to consider how to improve the integrity of electoral processes more generally.</p><p>The Government is committed to strengthening our electoral processes and enhancing public confidence in the rigour of those democratic processes.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Norwich North more like this
star this property answering member printed Chloe Smith more like this
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less than 2018-11-23T11:43:24.76Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-23T11:43:24.76Z
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1609
star this property label Biography information for Chloe Smith more like this
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4006
unstar this property label Biography information for Dr Matthew Offord more like this
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unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-10-17more like thismore than 2018-10-17
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Cabinet Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 53 remove filter
unstar this property answering dept short name Cabinet Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Cabinet Office more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Absent Voting remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will undertake a review of the (a) reasons and (b) extent of increases in postal and proxy vote applications in constituencies in (i) Northern Ireland and (ii) England in advance of any changes required to the system for such applications for the next General Election. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency East Londonderry more like this
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Mr Gregory Campbell more like this
star this property uin 180655 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-10-22more like thismore than 2018-10-22
star this property answer text <p>The Government will continue to keep electoral legislation, for all non-devolved polls, under review and consider what changes, if any, may be required before the next General Election.</p><p> </p><p>The Government has no plans to undertake such a review. Relevant to postal and proxy working more generally, the Government responded to the Review in December 2016, addressing each of the concerns raised in turn, setting out a number of measures for tackling the risk of fraud. The Government is considering the way forward on the recommendations made by Sir Eric Pickles, a number of which relate to absent voting, and will continue to consider how to improve the integrity of electoral processes more generally.</p><p> </p><p>Changes to electoral law in Northern Ireland are a matter for the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Norwich North more like this
star this property answering member printed Chloe Smith more like this
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less than 2018-10-22T15:56:26.55Zmore like thismore than 2018-10-22T15:56:26.55Z
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1609
star this property label Biography information for Chloe Smith more like this
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1409
unstar this property label Biography information for Mr Gregory Campbell more like this
915143
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-06-01more like thismore than 2018-06-01
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Cabinet Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 53 remove filter
unstar this property answering dept short name Cabinet Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Cabinet Office more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Absent Voting remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the implications are for the Government's policies of recommendation 17 of the report of the Association of Electoral Administrators entitled It’s time for urgent and positive Government action: The AEA’s review of the 2017 local government elections and the UK Parliamentary general election, published in September 2017, on the Government introducing a process to cancel a postal ballot paper issued to an elector who is subsequently deleted from the electoral register during an election period as a matter of urgency. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Lancaster and Fleetwood more like this
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Cat Smith more like this
star this property uin 148935 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-06-08more like thismore than 2018-06-08
star this property answer text <p>Electoral law is clear that a person must be included in the register of electors for a poll in order to be entitled to vote at that poll. The Government recognises that it is possible for postal ballot papers to be issued to a postal voter who may subsequently be removed from the register to be used at the poll. The Electoral Commission has issued guidance explaining that postal ballot papers returned under these circumstances cannot be counted. We will look to review the current provisions on the cancellation of postal ballot papers to see whether improvements can be made to the law in this area.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Norwich North more like this
star this property answering member printed Chloe Smith more like this
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less than 2018-06-08T14:04:26.123Zmore like thismore than 2018-06-08T14:04:26.123Z
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star this property label Biography information for Chloe Smith more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Cat Smith more like this
915144
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-06-01more like thismore than 2018-06-01
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Cabinet Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 53 remove filter
unstar this property answering dept short name Cabinet Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Cabinet Office more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Absent Voting remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the implications are for the Government's policies of recommendation 18 of the report of the Association of Electoral Administrators entitled It’s time for urgent and positive Government action: The AEA’s review of the 2017 local government elections and the UK Parliamentary general election, published in September 2017, on the Government undertaking a review a full and thorough review of absent voting arrangements. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Lancaster and Fleetwood more like this
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Cat Smith more like this
star this property uin 148936 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-06-08more like thismore than 2018-06-08
star this property answer text <p>We consider elections processes and policy on an ongoing basis, and are working with the electoral stakeholders to consider the development and improvement of existing processes, including in relation to the procedures for absent voting arrangements.</p><p><strong><em> </em></strong></p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Norwich North more like this
star this property answering member printed Chloe Smith more like this
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less than 2018-06-08T14:08:37.863Zmore like thismore than 2018-06-08T14:08:37.863Z
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star this property label Biography information for Chloe Smith more like this
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4436
unstar this property label Biography information for Cat Smith more like this
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star this property date less than 2018-03-22more like thismore than 2018-03-22
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Cabinet Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 53 remove filter
unstar this property answering dept short name Cabinet Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Cabinet Office more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Absent Voting remove filter
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how his Department plans to evaluate the postal vote pilots; what indicators will be used to measure the success of those pilots; what methods will be used to collect the information relating to those pilots; who will be responsible for implementing the evaluation plan; and how and when the results of that evaluation will be shared. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Lancaster and Fleetwood more like this
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Cat Smith more like this
star this property uin 134029 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-03-27more like thismore than 2018-03-27
star this property answer text <p>The British public deserves to have confidence in our democracy and the Government is committed to making sure that our electoral system is fit for the future.</p><p>Woking, Gosport, Bromley, Swindon and Watford have committed to pilot voter ID in May 2018 and Tower Hamlets, Slough and Peterborough are piloting measures to improve the security of the postal vote process.</p><p>The pilot authorities, Cabinet Office and the Electoral Commission have worked collaboratively to agree what information will be collected from the pilots and how it will be collected.</p><p>The Electoral Commission is responsible for carrying out an independent, statutory evaluation of the pilot schemes and will publish its findings following the May elections, in the summer of 2018.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Norwich North more like this
star this property answering member printed Chloe Smith more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 134027 more like this
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less than 2018-03-27T13:09:03.513Zmore like thismore than 2018-03-27T13:09:03.513Z
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star this property label Biography information for Chloe Smith more like this
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4436
unstar this property label Biography information for Cat Smith more like this
855440
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2018-03-05more like thismore than 2018-03-05
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Cabinet Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 53 remove filter
unstar this property answering dept short name Cabinet Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Cabinet Office more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Absent Voting remove filter
star this property house id 2 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total number of postal votes issued in (1) England, (2) Scotland, (3) Wales, and (4) Northern Ireland, for each general election from 2010 to 2017; and what were the comparative (a) percentages of the total poll in each of the four UK electoral areas, and (b) percentage increases in each region, at each general election. more like this
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Lord Maginnis of Drumglass more like this
star this property uin HL6046 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2018-03-15more like thismore than 2018-03-15
star this property answer text <p>The Government does not hold this information. The data required is provided by each Returning Officer directly supplying information on postal votes to the Electoral Commission, which collates and publishes it.</p><p>The information can be found at <a href="https://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/our-work/our-research/electoral-data/electoral-data-new" target="_blank">https://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/our-work/our-research/electoral-data/electoral-data-new</a></p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Young of Cookham more like this
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less than 2018-03-15T17:40:18.267Zmore like thismore than 2018-03-15T17:40:18.267Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Young of Cookham more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Maginnis of Drumglass more like this