Using Facebook

Facebook is a huge online resource that offers a great opportunity to connect with a wide number of people, many of whom are not contactable…

Twitter

Twitter Twitter is a micro blogging site that allows you to share short messages (140 characters) or pictures with other users instantly. Twitter usage has…

Training and Group Away Days

What training does ALDC provide? ALDC is a major provider of training within the Liberal Democrats. We provide training: at Federal Conferences at the Lib…

The two “Six Month Rules”

These often cause confusion as they have same name but entirely different meanings: The first is to avoid unnecessary by-elections. For the last six months…

Telling, Tellers and Polling Stations

Tellers are the people who sit or stand outside the polling stations collecting the electoral roll numbers of people who have voted or are about…

Royal Mail Freepost Addresses

Royal Mail Freepost The Royal Mail changed the rules around freepost reply addresses on 7th November 2014. There are now three types of licence agreements…

Purdah

Civil servants and local government officers are not supposed to be partisan at any time but they need to take extra care to avoid any…

Marked Registers

The marked register is a copy of the electoral roll that was used on polling day that shows who voted. It is available in two…

Hustings

During general elections (and occasionally, but rarely local elections), it is quite common for there to be a series of election hustings where they invite…

Finding Potential Candidates

Not all of us find it easy to find people to stand as councillors. But finding the right candidates, to provide a strong representative team…

Eligibility

Candidate eligibility can be a complex area with some less than obvious rules making it difficult to decide whether someone can stand for election or…

Data Protection

What is the Data Protection Act? The Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) is an important piece of legislation that ensures that any data that is…

Issue of postal ballots

Issue of postal votes Postal vote ballot papers must be posted out by the authorities with provision (for postal votes sent to UK addresses) for…

Proxy Votes

Proxy votes Who may act as a proxy? Only someone who is (or will be) registered individually may apply for a proxy or be appointed…

3.1 Getting Your Candidate Nominated

Getting your candidate nominated The following paperwork needs to be completed correctly and submitted on time: nomination papers candidate’s consent to nomination deposit (not for…

10.3 Polling Agents

Polling Agents The agent has the power to appoint polling agents. If they are paid the appointment is the agent’s; if they are unpaid the…

1.1 The Role of the Agent

The role of an agent Once appointed, the law makes the election agent responsible for the legality of everything that happens as part of the…