Electoral register

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on the electoral register. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Standard Notes

DateDescription
12.08.2014Supply and sale of the electoral register
This note examines the supply and sale of the full and edited versions of the electoral register.
30.07.2014Electoral offences since 2010
This Standard Note provides information about electoral fraud since 2010 and includes details of the reports published by the Electoral Commission and the Associations of Chief Police Officers on cases of alleged electoral malpractice. The Note also gives details of the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into electoral conduct which published its report in October 2013.
16.07.2014Electoral registration: Penalties for providing false information or refusing to provide information
Details about the criminal and civil penalties that can be imposed when a person refuses to supply information to an Electoral Registration Officer, or provides the Officer with false information.
21.02.2014Elections and electoral administration: developments since 2010
This paper looks in brief at some of the developments relating to elections and electoral administration in the UK since the general election since 2010. It tracks the commitments in relation to elections contained in the Coalition Government's agreement, The Coalition: Our Programme for Government, published in May 2010. Other key developments relating to elections are outlined, for example the Law Commission's review of electoral law and proposed changes to electoral arrangements for the Northern Ireland Assembly and the National Assembly for Wales
15.01.2014Individual Electoral Registration
The Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013 made provision for the introduction of individual electoral registration (IER) by 2015. This Note provides background to the introduction of the new system.

Research Papers

DateDescription
17.05.2012Electoral Registration and Administration Bill
This research paper has been written to inform Members in preparation for the second reading of the Electoral Registration and Administration Bill 2012-13
15.10.2010Social Indicators
This Research Paper summarises a wide range of social statistics. Subjects covered include crime and justice, defence, education, elections, health and population. This edition includes an article in advance of UN World Statistics Day (20.10.2010) on statistical literacy. It also includes articles entitled 'Electoral registration' and 'Public opinion of the police', and a topical subject page: 'How fair is Britain?'
10.03.2006General Election 2005
General Election 2005. House of Commons Library Research Paper 05/33
06.03.2006The Northern Ireland(Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill.
19.10.2005The Electoral Administration Bill 2005 - 2006

Early Day Motions

DateDescription
10.10.2011PROPOSED CHANGES TO ELECTORAL REGISTRATION
That this House notes with concern the potential implications for democracy of the Government's proposals to introduce individual electoral registration before the 2015 elections; further ...
14.09.2011IMPACT OF INDIVIDUAL ELECTORAL REGISTRATION
That this House recognises that currently there are between 3.5 to 6.5 million electors missing off the UK electoral register, that individual registration proposed by the Government ...
12.07.2010VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC ABUSE AND THE ELECTORAL REGISTER
That this House notes the vulnerability of victims of domestic abuse when registering to vote; further notes that full electoral registers are publicly available, causing a genuine ...
14.06.2010PUBLIC VALUE OF THE EDITED ELECTORAL REGISTER
That this House believes that the edited electoral register provides very significant social and economic benefits for the UK as a whole; notes that the edited electoral resister does ...
10.03.2010VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC ABUSE AND THE ELECTORAL REGISTER
That this House notes the vulnerability of victims of domestic abuse when registering to vote; further notes that full electoral registers are publicly available, causing a genuine ...

Glossary

  • Research Papers (RP) - briefings produced by the House of Commons Library on Bills, topical issues and regular statistics
  • Standard Notes (SN) - shorter, topical briefings from the Commons Library
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POST Notes - short briefing notes produced by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - papers compiled by the House of Lords Library on Bills and for debates in the Lords
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses