Validation of EU Referendum Postal Votes for Maidstone Borough Council

Lesley Oliver made this Freedom of Information request to Maidstone Borough Council

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Dear Maidstone 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 Maidstone Borough Council Electoral registration office as 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,

Lesley Oliver

ComplaintsAndFOI (MBC), Maidstone Borough Council

FREEEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST – FOI 5631

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Policy and Information Team
Maidstone Borough Council, Maidstone House, King Street, Maidstone, Kent
ME15 6JQ
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ComplaintsAndFOI (MBC), Maidstone Borough Council

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Dear Ms Oliver

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT REQUEST FOI 5631

 

I am writing to confirm that the Council has now completed its search for
the information which you requested on the EU referendum.

 

The information you requested is attached.

 

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Yours sincerely

 

 

Samuel Bailey

Information and Projects Officer

Policy and Information Team

Maidstone Borough Council, Maidstone House, King Street, Maidstone, Kent

ME15 6JQ

t 01622 602263 f 01622 602978 w [1]www.maidstone.gov.uk

 

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