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Past elections & referendums

In this area you can find a range of information about past elections and referendums in the UK.

This information includes:

  • results of elections and referendums
  • guidance that we issued for those involved in the polls
  • information that we provided to voters in the run-up to the polls

Find out about recent elections

May 2015 polls well-run with high levels of voter satisfaction

In our report on the May 2015 polls, we found that nine in ten people surveyed said the polls were well run.

We have made a number of recommendations, following lessons learned from the UK general election, including that the registration system should meet voters’ expectations following the successful introduction of online registration by also letting voters check if they are registered online.

Our report on the Scottish independence referendum

The Scottish independence referendum was well run, with high levels of voter satisfaction in the voting process. 

Our report identifies important lessons from Scotland about how to run future referendums successfully, including the expected referendum on further devolution in Wales and a possible referendum on UK membership of the European Union.

Read our full report on the Scottish independence referendum (PDF) 

Elections & referendums