The field of electoral administration has gained increased prominence over recent years, particularly after the controversy surrounding the 2014 local elections in Tower Hamlets. The 2017 General Election was marked by criticism of the handling of parliamentary elections in Plymouth and Newcastle-under-Lyme, including the administration of postal votes, voting at polling stations and an incorrectly declared result in the Plymouth Sutton and Devonport constituency.
As the Government looks to implement reforms proposed by Sir Eric Pickles in his August 2016 review, preparations for the 2018 local elections will focus on administering the trial of requiring voters to show identification at polling stations.
Join Westminster Briefing on 7th September to look the latest policy developments impacting electoral administration, learn the lessons from previous elections and prepare for the future.
Key Issues to be Addressed Include:
- Observable trends and changes from recent elections
- How electoral administrators should respond to these changes and what they should do differently next time
- Learning the lessons from Plymouth and Newcastle-under-Lyme
- Preparing for the voter ID trial in the May 2018 local government elections
- New guidance for Electoral Registration Officers
- Government measures to tackle electoral fraud
- Preventing fraudulent registrations
- Reforms to postal and proxy votes
- Addressing unwanted behaviour in and around polling stations and at election counts
- Future policy developments
The morning session will identify the lessons that can be learned by electoral administrators from recent elections, including the 2017 General Election. It will also prepare the ground for future elections by looking at changes due to be implemented in the 2018 local elections as well as guidance for Electoral Registration Officers.
The afternoon session will examine Government policies and best practice for tackling electoral fraud, covering electoral registration, postal and proxy voting and other policy developments.
Who Should Attend?
Anyone with an interest in electoral administration and tackling electoral fraud, including Heads of Electoral Services, Electoral Services Managers, Heads of Governance and Democratic Services, Returning Officers and Heads of Electoral Administration.
For registration enquiries please contact: Customer.Services@westminster-briefing.com | 0207 593 5657
To discuss event sponsorship, speaking opportunities and agenda content, please email: Dominic.Leigh@dodsgroup.com