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…

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…

Local Election Expense Limits 2015

Local Election Limits 2015 in England and Wales Electorate     Limits 2015 for one candidate     3 member all out wards with 3 LD candidates (eg…

9.4 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…

9.2 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…

8.4 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.…

8.3 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…

8.1 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…

7.9 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…

7.7 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…

7.6 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…

7.5 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…

7.4 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?…

7.11 Fly Posting

Fly posting and what to do about it Putting posters on property without the owner’s permission is illegal. If opponents fly post warn them of…

6.9 Section 75 Returns

Section 75 returns Forms for Section 75 are no longer usually provided to agents as part of the pack given out by the Returning Officer…

6.8 Apportionment of Expenses

Guidelines for the apportionment of expenses where there are multiple vacancies The key requirement is that it must be possible to demonstrate to the courts,…

6.6 Organising Your Bank Accounts

Organising your bank accounts Why it matters The law requires that all money received for the election must be accounted for on election returns, with…