Validation of EU Referendum Postal Votes for Blackpool Borough Council

Dr. Rebecca Johnson made this Freedom of Information request to Blackpool Borough Council

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Dr. Rebecca Johnson

Dear Blackpool Borough Council,
Dear Sir,

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 Blackpool Borough Council 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,

Dr. Rebecca Johnson

FOI, Blackpool Borough Council

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Bernadette Rigby, Blackpool Borough Council

Good Afternoon Dr Johnson -

Thank you for your recent Freedom of Information request regarding postal voting in the EU Referendum held on 23rd June 2016.

Please find below the answers to the questions asked:

Q1) Overseas voting entitlement

a) The TOTAL number of registered overseas voters; 387

b) The number of overseas voters who have permanent postal vote set up; 154

c) The number of overseas voters who registered a postal vote specifically for the above referendum ; 24

d) The number of overseas voters who have a periodic postal vote set up, that entitled them to vote in the above named referendum; 2

e) The number of overseas voters who had named a proxy to vote on their behalf in the above named referendum; 68

Q2) Number of votes issued and returned:

a) The TOTAL number of postal votes issued; 27177

b The TOTAL number of postal votes returned; 23235

c) The TOTAL number of postal votes rejected; 422

d) The number of OVERSEAS postal votes issued; 199

e) The number of OVERSEAS postal votes returned; Info not available

f) The number of OVERSEAS postal votes rejected; Info not available

Q3) 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:

c) Use of automated recognition software and if this method was employed, the name of the software used;

Xpress Software Solutions. Where is mismatch was found a visual comparison of both the Postal Voting Statement and a scanned image of the original postal vote application form was undertaken.

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Bernadette.

Bernadette Rigby
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