Elections Ahead: reducing the impact of elections on Local Councils
- Published: 19 April 2016
With the tough financial pressures that councils face, combined with the increasing number of elections and local referendums taking place such as Scottish Parliament, Police Crime and Commissioner, Mayor of London, National Assembly and Local Government elections being held on 5 May as well as the EU referendum being held on 23 June. This means that the UK electorate will be going to the polls more often this year.
But what does this mean for the local authorities that will be delivering these elections? Here are just a few considerations:
- Booking potential Polling Station sites
- Obtaining, coordinating and training of temporary elections staff which includes Polling Station and Count staffing
- Provision of notices and nominations
- Compiling and keeping up to date the electoral registers
- Public awareness campaigning to encourage voter registration
- Processing new voter registrations
- Printing of electoral items such as Poll cards and Ballot papers ensuring its compliance with electoral legislation
- Issuing and Re-issuing of postal vote packs – lost/spoilt
- Postal voting opening sessions and processing
- Organising and managing the Count which will have high media interest and presence
Clearly, the election process is resource-intensive and potentially costly and not risk free.
Reducing the impact
Councils’ across the UK are looking to reduce the impact of elections on their resources and some, including Tunbridge Wells Borough Council and Mendip District Council have engaged with Idox to deliver a range of services from on-site training to consultancy support for management of their postal vote issuing opening. Other customers such as Aberdeen City Council and Birmingham City Council will be using our Postal Vote Managed Solution (PVMS) to ensure their key staff will be available to cover other major aspects of work such as electoral registration during the critical election times.
Idox Elections’ can provide a fully-managed range of electoral services; from consultancy, staff training, data management, to print, distribution, e-counting and electronic voting as well as the project management and supervision required to deliver success in conjunction with the council’s own workforce.
David Gow, Aberdeen City Council commented: “We asked Idox to provide their Postal Vote Management product for us at the 2015 General Election. Previous experience had inspired our confidence in their ability and once again they delivered a first class service. Working with the Idox team, we managed the opening and verification of 25,500 returned postal votes across our two Westminster constituencies. As always, the whole process was extremely well run and inspired confidence amongst all involved and those observing. Their staff are knowledgeable and helpful and they can be relied upon to do an excellent job.“
Our knowledge and experience has provided us with the insight to understand the complexities and anticipate the pitfalls of the electoral process enabling council staff to concentrate on delivering core electrical activities such as voter registration.
For more information or to discover how Idox Elections can support your council, contact: Idox Elections