Electoral scheme in city was '˜well run'

A pilot scheme for postal and proxy voters in Peterborough was well run, according to an Electoral Commission report.

Saturday, 4th August 2018, 1:00 pm
Updated Friday, 31st August 2018, 5:13 pm
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However, the independent body, which oversees elections in the UK, was not able to draw firm conclusions on the scheme’s impact.

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The pilot carried out during May’s local elections consisted of a leaflet in postal ballot packs with additional information on postal voting and what voters should do if they were concerned about electoral fraud.

A sample of voters were also contacted by the returning officer to check they had applied for a postal vote. Residents voting as proxies were required to show identification at polling stations.

Craig Westwood, director of communications and research at the Electoral Commission, said: “We welcome measures that could provide voters with greater confidence in the security of voting by post or when appointing a proxy to cast a vote on their behalf.”