Yearly Archives: 2015

Postal Vote Counting at the Rochester & Strood Byelection

Nick Robinson on the BBC at the Rochester by-election count on 20th November 2014 refers to “… people sneaking a look at postal votes…”. It is now clear that this is another reference to postal voting agents taking tallies of

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“No evidence of criminality has been uncovered”

As reported in The Herald, the police investigation into allegations of postal vote tallying, with Police Scotland announcing “After an assessment no evidence of criminality has been uncovered and we do not intend to report anyone in relation to offences

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A Conspiracy Theory

After almost a year the police investigation into Ruth Davidson’s comments about the taking of tallies in the Scottish referendum has finally concluded and a report has been submitted to the Crown Office. This event seems only to have been

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Davidson: “I wasn’t in any rooms where that was happening.”

The police investigation into allegations of postal vote sampling in the Referendum has now completed and a report passed to the Crown Office. In an interview for the Sunday Herald, Paul Hutcheon asked Ruth Davidson about the references she made

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Electoral Commission Input to Law Commissions’ Review of Electoral Law

The Electoral Commission have recently submitted a paper (published on September 10th) on legislative issues that arose in relation to the May 2015 elections to the Law Commissions’ Review of Electoral Law. The first issue listed is the tallying of

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Further Information on Electoral Commission Released under FoI

A further FoI request to the Electoral Commission (FOI 81 15), not submitted by me, seeking information on correspondence on counting of postal votes has uncovered some more information in how the Electoral Commission responded to allegations of postal vote

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Cabinet Office Discussed Postal Vote Tallying with Labour Party in January

Following a Freedom of Information request asking the Cabinet Office for copies of any communications relating to postal vote tallies, I have received a copy of this email exchange between the Labour Party and the Cabinet Office in January 2015,

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“The Labour Party (and no doubt others) want to tally as usual”: Electoral Commission in January

The Electoral Commission was passed a copy on January 14th 2015 of the Labour Party’s legal advice arguing that the counting of votes at postal vote openings was legal. This is confirmed in the following internal email from Bob Posner,

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Postal Vote Sampling: “Labour Party would not advise campaigners they should not undertake this activity”

The Electoral Commission have just published the minutes of their Parliamentary Parties Panel meeting on 3rd March which triggered the sharing of the Labour Party’s legal opinion included and discussed in a previous post. At this meeting Mike Creighton, Labour

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Labour Party Argued in December that Postal Vote Counting Was Legal

On 29th December the Labour Party received legal advice from Gavin Millar QC of Matrix Chambers that the tallying or counting of postal votes at postal openings was not an offence under the Representation of the People Act. Why they

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