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star this property date less than 2017-09-12more like thismore than 2017-09-12
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Cabinet Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 53 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Cabinet Office remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Cabinet Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Absent Voting more like this
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, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of introducing an attestation arrangement for postal vote applications requiring a signature waiver. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Lancaster and Fleetwood more like this
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Cat Smith remove filter
unstar this property uin 10236 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 2017-10-18more like thismore than 2017-10-18
star this property answer text <p>Sir Eric Pickles’ review of Electoral Fraud, published in August 2016, recommended<br>introducing an attestation requirement for postal vote applications requiring a signature<br>waiver</p><p>The Government supports this recommendation and will be seeking to consider, in<br>conjunction with the Association of Electoral Administrators and the Electoral Commission,<br>how this might be implemented in due course.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Kingswood more like this
star this property answering member printed Chris Skidmore more like this
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less than 2017-10-18T14:52:30.437Zmore like thismore than 2017-10-18T14:52:30.437Z
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star this property label Biography information for Chris Skidmore more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Cat Smith more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2017-09-14more like thismore than 2017-09-14
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Cabinet Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 53 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Cabinet Office remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Cabinet Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Absent Voting more like this
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, if he will assess the merits of 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. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Lancaster and Fleetwood more like this
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Cat Smith remove filter
unstar this property uin 105247 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 2017-10-19more like thismore than 2017-10-19
star this property answer text <p>Electoral law is clear that a person must be included in the register of electors for a<br>poll in order to be entitled to vote at that poll. The Government recognises that it is<br>possible for postal ballot papers to be issued to a postal voter who may subsequently<br>be removed from the register to be used at the poll. We will look to review the current<br>provisions on the cancellation of postal ballot papers to see whether improvements<br>can be made to the law in this area.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Kingswood more like this
star this property answering member printed Chris Skidmore more like this
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less than 2017-10-19T11:00:01.96Zmore like thismore than 2017-10-19T11:00:01.96Z
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star this property label Biography information for Chris Skidmore 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 registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2017-11-13more like thismore than 2017-11-13
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Cabinet Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 53 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Cabinet Office remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Cabinet Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Absent Voting more like this
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, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to prohibit the handling of postal ballots by campaigners for political parties. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Lancaster and Fleetwood more like this
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Cat Smith remove filter
unstar this property uin 112480 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 2017-11-16more like thismore than 2017-11-16
star this property answer text <p><strong> </strong></p><p>The review by Sir Eric Pickles into electoral fraud considered postal voting and identified a number of areas in which the existing rules around postal voting at elections could be tightened.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>Following this, the Government will look for opportunities to introduce measures that 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. Our intention would be for the provisions to be backed up by a new offence, and will make a significant contribution to enhancing the security of postal voting.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Kingswood more like this
star this property answering member printed Chris Skidmore more like this
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less than 2017-11-16T16:05:44.727Zmore like thismore than 2017-11-16T16:05:44.727Z
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star this property label Biography information for Chris Skidmore more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Cat Smith more like this
869515
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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 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Cabinet Office remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Cabinet Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Absent Voting more like this
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 remove filter
unstar 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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unstar this property label Biography information for Cat Smith more like this
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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 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Cabinet Office remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Cabinet Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Absent Voting more like this
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 remove filter
unstar 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
star 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 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Cabinet Office remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Cabinet Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Absent Voting more like this
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 remove filter
unstar 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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unstar this property label Biography information for Cat Smith more like this
915145
star 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 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Cabinet Office remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Cabinet Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Absent Voting: British Nationals Abroad more like this
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 20 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 evaluating the effectiveness and future use of the International Business Response Licence for postal votes being sent overseas ahead of the next set of national polls. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Lancaster and Fleetwood more like this
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Cat Smith remove filter
unstar this property uin 148937 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 2018-06-20more like thismore than 2018-06-20
star this property answer text <p>The Government is committed to ensuring that electors can cast their vote and will continue to look for ways to assist electors to do so. The International Business Response Service is a means of assisting the return of postal votes from abroad and helped to ensure that over 80,000 postal votes were recorded back from overseas by Royal Mail leading up to polling day on 8 June 2017. Almost 100,000 items were recorded back from overseas at the EU Referendum in 2016.</p><p> </p><p>The Electoral Commission evaluated its use after the 2016 Referendum and decided it was value for money in terms of the number of votes returned by the process and recommended we use it for the General Election.</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 2018-06-20T11:19:25.967Zmore like thismore than 2018-06-20T11:19:25.967Z
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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
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star this property date less than 2018-04-13more like thismore than 2018-04-13
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Cabinet Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 53 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Cabinet Office remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Cabinet Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Absent Voting: Pilot Schemes more like this
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, if he will publish the local statutory orders for the proxy and postal voting pilots in Peterborough, Slough and Tower Hamlets. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Lancaster and Fleetwood more like this
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Cat Smith remove filter
unstar this property uin 135252 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 2018-04-18more like thismore than 2018-04-18
star this property answer text <p>Electoral fraud is unacceptable on any level, and vulnerabilities cannot be allowed to continue and undermine the integrity of our democracy.</p><p>In his report of his review into electoral fraud Sir Eric Pickles recommended that the requirement to provide ID in polling stations should apply to proxy voters. He also recommended that guidance should be provided in postal vote packs on the secrecy of the vote and how to report electoral fraud.</p><p>Tower Hamlets, Slough and Peterborough are piloting measures to improve the security of the postal vote process, including providing additional information in postal vote packs to help voters report any suspicions of electoral fraud.</p><p>The Orders to enable the proxy and postal voting pilots in Peterborough, Slough and Tower Hamlets have been published on gov.uk - <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/postal-and-proxy-vote-pilot-schemes" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/postal-and-proxy-vote-pilot-schemes</a></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 2018-04-18T16:07:00.923Zmore like thismore than 2018-04-18T16:07:00.923Z
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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
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star this property date less than 2017-09-04more like thismore than 2017-09-04
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Cabinet Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 53 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Cabinet Office remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Cabinet Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Association of Electoral Administrators more like this
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, when he plans to respond to the Association of Electoral Administrators' report, entitled Pushed to the absolute limit 2016 - the electoral year never to forget, published in September 2016; and what the reason is for the time taken to publish that response. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Lancaster and Fleetwood more like this
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Cat Smith remove filter
unstar this property uin 7724 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2017-09-12more like thismore than 2017-09-12
star this property answer text <p>Our recently-published responses to the statutory reports published by the Electoral Commission on the GLA and PCC elections in May 2016 also addressed the AEA’s outstanding recommendations from their 2016 reports on those polls. Any remaining recommendations by the AEA will be addressed in our response to the Electoral Commission’s report on the 2016 Referendum. We meet the AEA regularly to discuss issues on elections matters.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Kingswood more like this
star this property answering member printed Chris Skidmore more like this
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less than 2017-09-12T09:22:29.357Zmore like thismore than 2017-09-12T09:22:29.357Z
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star this property label Biography information for Chris Skidmore more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Cat Smith more like this
759614
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star this property date less than 2017-09-12more like thismore than 2017-09-12
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Cabinet Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 53 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Cabinet Office remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Cabinet Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Ballot Papers more like this
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, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of removing the absolute requirement to count unused ballot papers as a part of the verification process and replacing that requirement with a requirement to do so only where the returning officer considers it appropriate. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Lancaster and Fleetwood more like this
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Cat Smith remove filter
unstar this property uin 10263 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2017-10-18more like thismore than 2017-10-18
star this property answer text <p>We consider elections processes and policy on an ongoing basis, and are working with the<br>Association of Electoral Administrators and Electoral Commission to consider the<br>development and improvement of existing processes, including in relation to the<br>procedures for the counting of votes at elections.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Kingswood more like this
star this property answering member printed Chris Skidmore more like this
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less than 2017-10-18T14:57:22.05Zmore like thismore than 2017-10-18T14:57:22.05Z
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star this property label Biography information for Chris Skidmore more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Cat Smith more like this