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Postal Vote Statistics for the GE 2019

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Postal Vote Investigation Organisation

Dear Merton Borough Council,

Can you please provide the following statistics for the following constituencies
Mitcham and Morden
Wimbledon

1) the number of postal votes issued , broken down by ward (categorise overseas as one block)
2) the number of postal votes received , broken down by ward
2a) the postal vote turnout percentage calculated from 1) & 2)
3) the number of received postal votes rejected

4) whether the printing, posting and authentication of postal votes was done in house, or outsourced. If outsourced to which company

5) the total number of deceased removed from the electoral roll from the time the ge2019 was announced till the election date 12/12/2019 by constituency

6) t the total number of people who had moved, removed from the electoral roll from the time the ge2019 was announced till the election date 12/12/2019 by constituency

7) the total number of complaints received by the councils electoral officer
a) people who said they were registered to vote but were unable to vote as they were not listed on the voters roll at the polling station
b) people who said their postal vote arrived too late, or not at all .

Yours faithfully,
the postal vote investigation society (organisation)

Postal Vote Investigation Organisation

foi, Merton Borough Council

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Postal Vote Investigation Organisation

Dear Merton Borough Council,

Have just been informed that the request is now delayed, could you please give this your urgent attention

Yours faithfully,

Postal Vote Investigation Organisation

foi, Merton Borough Council

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London Borough of Merton.
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Andrew Robertson, Merton Borough Council

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Dear Sir/Madam

Freedom of Information Act 2000 / Environmental Information Regulations
2004 Information request

 

We have now considered your information request as set out below. 

 

You asked:

 

Can you please provide the following statistics for the following
constituencies Mitcham and Morden Wimbledon

 

1) the number of postal votes issued , broken down by ward (categorise
overseas as one block)

 

2) the number of postal votes received , broken down by ward

2a) the postal vote turnout percentage calculated from 1) & 2)

 

3) the number of received postal votes rejected

 

4) whether the printing, posting and authentication of postal votes was
done in house, or outsourced. If outsourced to which company

 

5) the total number of deceased removed from the electoral roll from the
time the ge2019 was announced till the election date 12/12/2019 by
constituency

 

6) the total number of people who had moved, removed from the electoral
roll from the time the ge2019 was announced till the election date
12/12/2019 by constituency

 

7) the total number of complaints received by the councils electoral
officer

a) people who said they were registered to vote but were unable to vote as
they were not listed on the voters roll at the polling station

b) people who said their postal vote arrived too late, or not at all .

 

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1. Postal votes were not issued by ward but by constituency. 9116 postal
votes were issued for Mitcham and Morden constituency, and 12,943 postal
votes were issued for Wimbledon constituency. In Mitcham and Morden
constituency there were 147 overseas postal voters. In Wimbledon
constituency there were 504 overseas postal voters.

 

2. 7471 postal votes were returned for Mitcham and Morden constituency,
and 11,356 postal votes were returned for Wimbledon constituency.

2a. The postal vote turnout for Mitcham and Morden constituency was 82%,
the postal vote turnout for Wimbledon constituency was 87%.

 

3. 181 postal votes were rejected for Mitcham and Morden constituency, and
162 postal votes were rejected for Wimbledon constituency.

 

4. The printing and posting of postal votes was outsourced to FDM plc. The
authentication of postal votes was done in house.

 

5 & 6. Our electoral software system only allows us to provide data on the
number of people that were removed from the register at each statutory
monthly update or revised register publication. This data does not
distinguish between those electors that have moved or are deceased. A new
revised register was published on 5 November 2019, shortly after the
general election was announced. When this revised register of electors was
published, 10,727 electors were removed across the borough. Unfortunately
we cannot provide a breakdown by constituency for the revised register
publication. For the subsequent monthly updates up to the general election
date (14 November, 22 November and 5 December 2019) the figures per
constituency for these updates are as follows: Mitcham and Morden: 506,
Wimbledon: 715

 

7a. Complaints made to the council are made through the complaints
department. No complaints were received via the complaints department from
people who said that they were registered to vote but were unable to as
they were not listed on the electoral register at the polling station.

7b. Two complaints were received via the complaints department from people
who did not receive their postal vote in time.

 

If you have any queries or concerns about this please contact me.

 

If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request, please contact
the Head of Information Governance at Merton Council, Civic Centre,
Morden, SM4 5DX or e-mail [1][Merton Borough Council request email].

 

If you remain dissatisfied with the handling of your request or complaint,
you have a right to appeal to the Information Commissioner at:

 

The Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane,
Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

 

Telephone: 0303 123 1113

 

Website: [2]www.ico.org.uk

 

There is no charge for making an appeal.

 

 

Kind regards

 

Andrew Robertson (AEA Cert)

Head of Electoral Services

Merton Council

Tel: 0208 545 3409

[3]www.merton.gov.uk/voting

 

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From: Sam Godfrey <[email address]>
Sent: 13 January 2020 10:15
To: Andrew Robertson <[email address]>
Subject: FOI F13608 - Postal Vote Investigation Organisation - target date
27 January

 

 

 

 

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From: foi <[9][Merton Borough Council request email]>
Sent: 13 January 2020 09:30
To: Sam Godfrey <[10][email address]>
Subject: FW: Freedom of Information request - Postal Vote Statistics for
the GE 2019

 

Log please

 

 

Michael Cook

Information Governance Officer

Information Governance Team

Merton Council

[11]www.merton.gov.uk

 

 

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