Validation of EU postal votes for the London Borough of Hounslow

Farah Vervoorst made this Freedom of Information request to Hounslow Borough Council

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Dear Hounslow Borough Council,

I wish to make the following request under the Freedom of Information Act, 2000:

Could you please provide the following information for the voting area known as <insert name of electoral registration office> in respect of postal voting in the EU Referendum held on 23rd June 2016

Overseas voting entitlement
a) The TOTAL number of registered overseas voters;
b) The number of overseas voters who have permanent postal vote set up;
c) The number of overseas voters who registered a postal vote specifically for the above referendum ;
d) The number of overseas voters who have a periodic postal vote set up, that entitled them to vote in the above named referendum;
e) The number of overseas voters who had named a proxy to vote on their behalf in the above named referendum;
Number of votes issued and returned:
a) The TOTAL number of postal votes issued;
b The TOTAL number of postal votes returned;
c) The TOTAL number of postal votes rejected;
d) The number of OVERSEAS postal votes issued;
e) The number of OVERSEAS postal votes returned;
f) The number of OVERSEAS postal votes rejected;

In respect of verification of postal votes, could you please confirm what method (or methods) were used to verify the validity of the completed postal vote:
a) Visual comparison of both original documents;
b) Visual comparison where one or more of the comparison documents was a scanned image;
c) Use of automated recognition software and if this method was employed, the name of the software used;
d) Other form of verification (please detail)
Could you please provide the following in electronic format, preferably as a device-independent a plain text document.

Yours faithfully,

Farah Vervoorst

Freedom of Information, Hounslow Borough Council

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Hounslow's Response to your FOI request

 

Dear Mr Vervoorst

 

Re: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT (FOI) 2000 RESPONSE

 

I am writing regarding your request for information dated 9^th October
2016. You have requested the following:

 

Overseas voting entitlement

        a) The TOTAL number of registered overseas voters; - 1328

        b) The number of overseas voters who have permanent postal vote
set up; - 498

        c) The number of overseas voters who registered a postal vote
specifically for the above referendum ; - 38

        d) The number of overseas voters who have a periodic postal vote
set up, that entitled them to vote in the above named referendum; - 14

        e) The number of overseas voters who had named a proxy to vote on
their behalf in the above named referendum; - 207

 

  Number of votes issued and returned:

        a) The TOTAL number of postal votes issued; - 27720

        b The TOTAL number of postal votes returned; - 23473

        c) The TOTAL number of postal votes rejected; - 420

        d) The number of OVERSEAS postal votes issued; - 585

        e) The number of OVERSEAS postal votes returned; - 427

        f) The number of OVERSEAS postal votes rejected; - 5

 

In respect of verification of postal votes, could you please confirm what
method (or methods) were used to verify the validity of the completed
postal vote:   

        a) Visual comparison of both original documents; - Yes (if the
scanned image wasn’t clear)

        b) Visual comparison where one or more of the comparison documents
was a scanned image; - Yes

        c) Use of automated recognition software and if this method was
employed, the name of the software used; Yes. AvantGuard, produced by
Halarose

        d) Other form of verification (please detail) Could you please
provide the following in electronic format, preferably as a
device-independent a plain text document. N/A

 

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