Validation of EU referendum postal voltes for Dacorum Borough Council

Roy Mitropoulos made this Freedom of Information request to Dacorum Borough Council

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Dear Dacorum 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 Dacorum 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,

Roy Mitropoulos

Freedom Of Information Mailbox, Dacorum Borough Council

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Mr Mitropoulos,
 
Your request dated 6 October 2015 regarding Validation of EU referendum
postal votes for Dacorum Borough Council, which we have treated under the
Freedom of Information Act 2000. Our reference: DBC\FOI\4821
 
Thank you for your above request.
In your correspondence you have requested information regarding Validation
of EU referendum postal votes for Dacorum Borough Council and in what
follows, I set out the Council’s response:
 
Overseas voting entitlement
         a) The TOTAL number of registered overseas voters; Response: 804
         b) The number of overseas voters who have permanent postal vote
set up; Response: 317
         c) The number of overseas voters who registered a postal vote
specifically for the above referendum ;
Response: No Data
         d) The number of overseas voters who have a periodic postal vote
set up, that entitled them to vote in the above named referendum;
Response: 317
e) The number of overseas voters who had named a proxy to vote on their
behalf in the above named referendum; Response: 136 – no data on one-off
proxy figures
 
Number of votes issued and returned:
         a) The TOTAL number of postal votes issued;                    
Response: 19,498
         b The TOTAL number of postal votes returned;                  
Response: 17,111
         c) The TOTAL number of postal votes rejected;                 
Response:     893
         d) The number of OVERSEAS postal votes issued;        
Response:     356
         e) The number of OVERSEAS postal votes returned;       
Response: No data
         f) The number of OVERSEAS postal votes rejected;              
Response: No data
 
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:  
 
Response: DBC scan 100% returns using ‘Selcheck’ comparison recognition
software provided by IDOX Strand.
 
 
Further information explaining the Council’s process for responding to
information requests is available in our reception and on our website at
[1]www.dacorum.gov.uk/foi.
 
Should you have any further queries or information needs, or if you are
unhappy about the way your request has been handled, then please do not
hesitate to contact me, or the Council’s information service at:
[2][Dacorum Borough Council request email], quoting reference DBC\FOI 4821 please.
 
I would confirm that, pursuant to Section 50 of the FOIA, you may apply to
the Information Commissioner for a decision whether, in any specified
respect, your request for information has been dealt with in accordance
with the requirements of Part 1 of the FOIA. The Commissioner would of
course make a decision on any application unless certain circumstances
apply, one of which is that the relevant public authority’s complaints
procedure has not been exhausted. I would confirm the Information
Commissioner’s contact details are as follows:-
 
The Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House
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Wilmslow
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Helpline: 0303 123 1113
 
Website, with online form: [3]www.ico.gov.uk and email for online
complaint: [4][email address]
 
If you need further assistance, do please contact me or the information
service, as indicated above.
 
 
Regards
 
Jim Doyle
Group Manager – Democratic Services
Civic Centre| Marlowes| Hemel Hempstead
Hertfordshire| HP1 1HH
01442 228 222
[5][email address]
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