GE2019 postal vote data

Donovan Kiddick made this Freedom of Information request to Thurrock Borough Council as part of a batch sent to 288 authorities

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The request was refused by Thurrock Borough Council.

Dear Thurrock Borough Council,

I would like to make an FOI request for voter data from the 12th December 2019 General Election. Specifically, I would like the following info:

- how many people were registered to vote by post in your constituency?
- how many postal votes were received?
- how many votes were marked as invalid?
- what was the result of the postal vote by party? If easier, just including the top 3 parties is fine.

I look forward to your reply.

Yours faithfully,

Donovan Kiddick

Information.Matters@thurrock.gov.uk, Thurrock Borough Council

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Dear Mr Kiddick,

Thank you for your recent communication which is being managed in line
with the Freedom of Information Act under the above reference number.  The
details of your request are outlined below together with the council’s
response.

Your request

I would like to make an FOI request for voter data from the 12th December
2019 General Election. Specifically, I would like the following info:

- how many people were registered to vote by post in your constituency?
- how many postal votes were received?
- how many votes were marked as invalid?
- what was the result of the postal vote by party? If easier, just
including the top 3 parties is fine.

Our Response

The registration of electors is governed by the Representation of the
People Act 1983 as amended. Under Section 8 of the Act, the council must
appoint an officer of the council to be the registration officer for any
constituency or part of a constituency coterminous with or situated in the
council's area. The appointed officer for Thurrock Council is our Chief
Executive. The appointment of our Chief Executive as Electoral
Registration Officer is separate to her appointment as Chief Executive,
and although appointed by the council, the Electoral Registration
Officer's responsibilities and duties are personal. An example of this is
that the register of electors is deemed to be the property of the
Electoral Registration Officer, not the local authority.

 

The Electoral Registration Officer does not carry out the duties on behalf
of the local authority but in her own personal capacity. A list of public
bodies and local authorities that are subject to the provisions of the
Freedom of Information Act is available at the following website:
[1]http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2000....

 

As you will see, the Freedom of Information Act does not list any person
appointed under the Representation of the People Act 1983. It follows that
the Electoral Registration Officer, Returning Officer or any other person
appointed under the Act are not subject to the provisions of the Freedom
of Information Act.

If you are dissatisfied with the way in which the council have managed
your FOI request you can pursue an Internal Review by contacting us using
the above email address.  Your request will be considered by the Strategic
Lead for Information Management who will update you with the outcome of
the review. 

If you remain unhappy following the outcome of your Internal Review you
may wish to refer your case to the Information Commissioner’s Office
(ICO), details of this organisation can be found at [2]www.ico.org.uk .
Please be advised that the ICO will not consider your case until they have
confirmation that you have already been through the Internal Review stage
with the council.

 

 

Kind regards,

 

Fatma Mohamed l Information Governance apprentice l HR, OD &
Transformation

[3]thurrock.gov.uk l l t +44 (0) 1375 652649 l Ext 52342

Thurrock Council, Civic Offices, New Road, Grays, Essex RM17 6SL

 

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The information in this e-mail and any attachment(s) are intended to be
confidential and may be legally privileged. Access to and use of its
content by anyone else other than the addressee(s) may be unlawful and
will not be recognised by Thurrock Council for business purposes. If you
have received this message by mistake, please notify the sender
immediately, delete it and do not copy it to anyone else. Thurrock Council
cannot accept any responsibility for the accuracy or completeness of this
message as it has been transmitted over a public network.

Any opinions expressed in this document are those of the author and do not
necessarily reflect the opinions of Thurrock Council.

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Protection and Freedom of Information legislation these contents may have
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