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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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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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Attending a Postal Vote Opening

Last Thursday I was kindly allowed by my local Deputy Returning Officer to observe the process for opening postal ballots. I saw the postal ballots for the Edinburgh constituencies being opened, the personal identifiers (signatures and dates of birth) verified

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Electoral Commission Advice on Postal Vote Sampling

In their Bulletin to electoral administration staff in Scotland and in England and Wales, published on 13th March 2015, the Electoral Commission included their view that the legislation prohibits the taking of tallies by postal vote agents at postal vote

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Indyref Postal Vote Sampling: 9 things we know & 1 we don’t.

The counting of any postal votes seen by postal vote agents when the envelopes are opened is an offence in UK elections under the Representation of the People Act 1983 and was an offence in the Scottish Referendum under the

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Labour’s Non-Denial Denial of Postal Vote Sampling

Last Sunday and the Sunday before the Sunday Herald reported that Susan Dalgety, recently appointed as Jim Murphy’s Director of Communications, had tweeted comments implying she knew the results of postal vote sampling in the referendum. Tom Gordon reported that

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