Format of the Electoral Register

Format of the register Order of electors Registers must be divided into polling districts, with a letter code given to each polling district and then…

Functions of the Counting Agents

Functions of the counting agents There are several important jobs to be performed that require concentration, good eyesight and knowledge of the rules and the…

Fundraising

How do I raise money to pay for my campaign? Lib Dems Local Parties raise funds from a range of sources. Some of the common…

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…

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…

Group Membership

Why not get a quote for your council group or local party? What do group members receive? ALL the individual member benefits – PLUS: 12%…

Handing in Your Election Return

Guidance from 2015 is available here. Handing in your election return Keep a copy of your returns. This is useful both in case of queries…

How the Count Works – Stage 1

How the count works The count takes place in two stages: Stage 1 – The verification At this stage the ballot papers in each ballot…

How the Count Works – Stage 2

How the count works The count takes place in two stages: Stage 2 – Sorting Once the verification has been completed, the ballot papers will…

How to Process Donations

How to process donations The agent must be handed all donations and donation details, which should go through the agent’s account. The agent will then…

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…

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…

Individual Electoral Registration

What is Individual Electoral Registration (IER)? Individual Electoral Registration replaces the old system of household registration – where one person in each household was meant…

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…

Knocking Up

To win in most local elections we need to get a better turnout of our supporters than the opposition does (differential turnout). Our list of…

Leaflets on Polling Day

Leaflets on polling day You can deliver leaflets when the polls are open, and no special rules apply to content, except that you may not…

Lifts to the Polls

Lifts to the polls Vehicles can be hired to take voters to the polls, and vehicles normally used for hire may be used by their…

Literature, Media and the Law: Defamation

Defamation What is defamation? Defamation is the blanket term that covers libel and slander, the difference being the permanence of the offending item. Libel encompasses…