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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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Putting Voters First?

The Electoral Commission was created following the recommendations of the Fifth Report of the Committee on Standards in Public Life produced by Lord O’Neill in 1998 which argued for “a totally independent and authoritative Election Commission with widespread executive and

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Timing of Postal Vote Openings

Prior to 2001 the sampling of postal votes in elections was of little value to candidates and their agents because the number of postal votes was low and the envelopes were opened only shortly before the count, giving them little

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Why was the Electoral Commission report so uncritical of the conduct of the Referendum?

In December the Electoral Commission gave the conduct of the Scottish Independence Referendum a glowing endorsement. In the foreword to their review John McCormick, Electoral Commissioner for Scotland, states ” I am pleased to report that the referendum was well run”.

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Problems with appointing Emergency Proxies in the Scottish Referendum

On 18th December Mary Pitcaithly, the Chief Counting Officer, and Ian Milton, the Chair of the Scottish Assessors Association (SAA) Electoral Registration Committee, were questioned for an hour by the Scottish Parliament’s Devolution (Further Powers) Committee. The obscure question in

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John McTernan of Labour joins the premature enumeration club

John McTernan, Labour strategist and globe-trotting organiser, on Sunday Politics, BBC1, 14th September implying that Better Together had been counting postal votes during the initial opening of the envelopes. I am starting to think that hardly anyone watches politics programmes

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Humza Yousaf Implies that Yes Scotland were also counting postal votes ahead of the count.

Spotted a tweet from @neiledwardlovat pointing out that at 00:32 on BBC1 UK on the night of the referendum, Humza Yousaf implies that Yes Scotland were also sampling postal votes. As I alluded to in a recent post about Ruth

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The Defamation of Ruth Davidson?

On Monday I posted about Ruth Davidson’s comments on the counting of postal votes, posted a video of the comments on Youtube, made a complaint to Police Scotland, emailed the Electoral Management Board Scotland and emailed the Electoral Commission. Having

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Electoral Management Board for Scotland (EMB)

The Electoral Management Board for Scotland (EMB) is a very odd public sector organisation, whose self-proclaimed prime focus is “ensuring that the interests of the voter are kept at the centre of all elections planning and administration”. EMB coordinated the

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Better Together’s Illegal Counting of Postal Votes

On election night Ruth Davidson admitted that Better Together were centrally monitoring the postal votes as they were being opened in the weeks leading up to election day. With 18% of votes posted in, access to this information is strategically

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