Validation of EU Referendum Postal Votes for Wood Green and Haringey electoral registration office

Marina Souto Abrantes made this Freedom of Information request to Electoral Commission

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Marina Souto Abrantes

Dear Electoral Commission,

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 Wood Green and Haringey 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 requested information in electronic format, preferably as a device-independent plain text document.

Yours faithfully,

Marina Souto Abrantes

FOI, Electoral Commission

Dear Marina Souto Abrantes,

 

Thank you for your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 dated
8 October 2016 received by the Commission on 10 October 2016

 

The Commission aims to respond to requests promptly and has done so within
the statutory time frame of twenty working days.

 

Your request is in bold below followed by our response.

 

You have requested:

 

Could you please provide the following information for the voting area
known as Wood Green and Haringey 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 requested information in electronic format,
preferably as a device-independent plain text document.

 

Our response is as follows:

 

In  regards to the first and second part of your request, we do have some
data in our [1]EU Referendum electoral data spreadsheet. However, for
further detail you will need to contact the Electoral Registration Officer
as they are responsible for preparing and maintaining the electoral
register including the absent (postal and proxy) voters list.

 

In regards to the third part of your request, the Commission provides
Counting Officers with guidance on how to open the postal ballot packs
which you can view on our [2]website. However, once again, for further
detail you will need to contact Haringey. I’ve included their contact
details below:

 

London Borough of Haringey

Electoral Registration Officer
Civic Centre
Wood Green
London
N22 8LE
020 8489 1000
[3][email address]

 

 

I trust that this information satisfies your request. The Commission
strives to be an open, transparent authority.

 

If you are not satisfied with this response, please note that the
Commission operates a review procedure, details of which can be found on
the Commission website at:
[4]http://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/ab...

 

Please also note that if you have exhausted all internal Commission review
procedures and you are still not satisfied you have the right to appeal to
the Information Commissioner. Details of this procedure can be found on
the ICO website: [5]http://www.ico.gov.uk

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

 

Vanessa Asante

Information Officer

The Electoral Commission

3 Bunhill Row

London EC1Y 8YZ

Tel: 020 7271 0569

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