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…

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…

Data Protection and People’s Rights

People’s rights People (known as “data subjects” in data protection speak) can ask to see all data, paper and electronic, held about them. If asked,…

Data Protection Small Print

Data protection small print [If you return this form] The Liberal Democrats and their elected representatives may use the information you’ve given to contact you.…

Data Protection and Casework

Casework People whose addresses you have purely because they contacted councillors with casework should not then be written to for other purposes e.g. to solicit…

Data Protection

What small print do you need? All literature – both inside and outside election time – should carry an imprint. The Newspapers, Printers and Reading…

Posters and Imprints

Posters and Imprints Posters must have an imprint on the side that will be displayed. This also applies to a leaflet, one side of which…

Copyright and Maps

Copyright and Maps Do not reproduce copyrighted maps without permission. This includes those that originate from the Ordnance Survey, A-Z or other commercial publications. Google…

Digital Imprints and the Law

Digital imprints The legal situation over the use of imprints on websites, in emails, on Facebook and so on is annoyingly vague as it is…

Imprints and the Law

Imprints – Applies to physical literature only, for online use see ‘Digital Imprints‘ During an election all literature for voters must bear an imprint. The…

Ten Golden Rules to Avoid Libel

10 golden rules to avoid libel Check the facts.Then check them again. Are they backed up by documentary evidence? Would the evidence crumble if challenged?…

General Election Freepost Communications

Election Communications Your entitlement Free delivery of an unaddressed leaflet to every household in the electoral area or an addressed item to every elector is…