Validation of EU Referendum Postal Votes for London Borough of Merton

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Dear Sir/Madam,

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 London Borough of Merton 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;L
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,

[name removed] [name removed]

foi, Merton Borough Council

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Andrew Robertson, Merton Borough Council

Dear [name removed]

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

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

You asked:

Could you please provide the following information for the voting area known as
London Borough of Merton 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 - 1610
b) The number of overseas voters who have permanent postal vote set up - 808
c) The number of overseas voters who registered a postal vote specifically for the above referendum - 69
d) The number of overseas voters who have a periodic postal vote set up, that entitled them to vote in the above named referendum - 4
e) The number of overseas voters who had named a proxy to vote on their behalf in the above named referendum - 258

Number of votes issued and returned:
a) The TOTAL number of postal votes issued - 21,487
b The TOTAL number of postal votes returned - 19,073
c) The TOTAL number of postal votes rejected - 281
d) The number of OVERSEAS postal votes issued - 881
e) The number of OVERSEAS postal votes returned - 683
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 - N/A
b) Visual comparison where one or more of the comparison documents was a scanned image - N/A
c) Use of automated recognition software and if this method was employed, the name of the software used - Halarose (Avantguard)
d) Other form of verification (please detail) N/A

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

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

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

Telephone:0303 123 1113

Website: www.ico.org.uk

There is no charge for making an appeal.

Yours sincerely

Kind regards

Andrew Robertson (AEA Cert)
Head of Electoral Services
Merton Council
Tel: 0208 545 3409
www.merton.gov.uk/voting

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