Validation of EU Referendum Votes for Elmbridge

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Dear Elmbridge 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 Elmbridge 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,

Mark Wilson

Freedom of Information, Elmbridge Borough Council

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Dear Elmbridge 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 Elmbridge 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; 1,130

        b) The number of overseas voters who have permanent postal vote
set up; 411

        c) The number of overseas voters who registered a postal vote
specifically for the above referendum ; 40

        d) The number of overseas voters who have a periodic postal vote
set up, that entitled them to vote in the above named referendum; 3

        e) The number of overseas voters who had named a proxy to vote on
their behalf in the above named referendum; 388

    Number of votes issued and returned:

        a) The TOTAL number of postal votes issued; 20,171

        b The TOTAL number of postal votes returned; 17,992

        c) The TOTAL number of postal votes rejected; 164

        d) The number of OVERSEAS postal votes issued; 471 (I assume this
is the number of postal votes going to overseas addresses, regardless of
whether they were an Overseas Elector or otherwise)

        e) The number of OVERSEAS postal votes returned; 337

        f) The number of OVERSEAS postal votes rejected; 2

 

 

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; yes; in some cases – where the scanned image was
insufficient to make a determination as to the validity of the postal
voting statement

        c) Use of automated recognition software and if this method was
employed, the name of the software used; We use Avantguard provided by
Halarose Ltd.  We scan all returned postal voting statements and visually
compare those that the software flags as requiring a visual examination
before making a determination as to its validity.

        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,

 

Mark Wilson

 

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