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Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill
Schedule 5 — Combination of polls: England
Part 2 — Application of provisions about issue and receipt of postal ballot papers

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Provision

Modification

 
  

After paragraph (1) insert—

 
  

“(1A)   

The persons are—

 
  

(a)   

in relation to an election, the

 
  

candidates,

 

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(b)   

in relation to the referendum on the

 
  

voting system for United Kingdom

 
  

parliamentary elections, the

 
  

referendum agents, and

 
  

(c)   

in relation to a local referendum, the

 

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persons mentioned in rule 37(3)(b) to

 
  

(d) of the rules set out in Schedule 5

 
  

to the Local Authorities (Conduct of

 
  

Referendums) (England)

 
  

Regulations 2007.”

 

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In paragraph (2)(b), for “the number of agents a

 
  

candidate” substitute “in the case of an election or

 
  

the referendum on the voting system for United

 
  

Kingdom parliamentary elections, the number of

 
  

agents that a candidate or referendum agent”.

 

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Regulation 81 (postal ballot

For “returning officer” (in each place) substitute

 
 

boxes and receptacles)

“relevant returning or counting officer”.

 
  

For paragraph (2) substitute—

 
  

“(2)   

Each of those ballot boxes—

 
  

(a)   

shall be marked “postal voter’s ballot

 

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box” or “postal ballot box” as

 
  

appropriate;

 
  

(b)   

shall be marked with the name of

 
  

each constituency, electoral area or

 
  

voting area in relation to which it is

 

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to be used.”

 
  

In paragraph (3), for “the agents” substitute “those”.

 
  

In paragraph (4), after “lock the ballot box” insert

 
  

“(if it has a lock)”.

 
 

Regulation 82 (receipt of

For “returning officer” (in both places) substitute

 

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covering envelope)

“relevant returning or counting officer”.

 
 

Regulation 83 (opening of

In paragraph (1)—

 
 

postal voters’ ballot box)

(a)   

for “returning officer” substitute “relevant

 
  

returning or counting officer”;

 
  

(b)   

at the end insert “and (where relevant) the

 

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persons mentioned in rule 37(3)(b) to (d) of

 
  

the rules set out in Schedule 5 to the Local

 
  

Authorities (Conduct of Referendums)

 
  

(England) Regulations 2007”.

 
 
 

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill
Schedule 5 — Combination of polls: England
Part 2 — Application of provisions about issue and receipt of postal ballot papers

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Provision

Modification

 
  

In paragraph (2), for “returning officer” substitute

 
  

“relevant returning or counting officer”.

 
  

In paragraph (3), for “votes under rule 45 of the

 
  

elections rules” substitute “ballot papers”.

 

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Regulation 84 (opening of

For “returning officer” (in each place) substitute

 
 

covering envelopes)

“relevant returning or counting officer”.

 
 

Regulation 84A (confirming

For “returning officer” (in each place) substitute

 
 

receipt of postal voting

“relevant returning or counting officer”.

 
 

statements)

  

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Regulation 85 (procedure in

For “returning officer” (in each place) substitute

 
 

relation to postal voting

“relevant returning or counting officer”.

 
 

statements)

  
  

In paragraph (3), after “agents” insert “or counting

 
  

observers or both (as the case may be)”.

 

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Regulation 85A (procedure

For “returning officer” (in each place) substitute

 
 

in relation to postal voting

“relevant returning or counting officer”.

 
 

statements: personal

  
 

identifier verification)

  
  

In paragraph (4), after “agents” insert “or counting

 

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observers or both (as the case may be)”.

 
 

Regulation 85B (postal

For “returning officer” (in each place) substitute

 
 

voting statements:

“relevant returning or counting officer”.

 
 

additional personal

  
 

identifier verification)

  

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In paragraph (3)(a) and (c), after “agents” insert “or

 
  

counting observers or both (as the case may be)”.

 
  

In paragraph (4), for “lock and reseal the postal

 
  

ballot box in the presence of the agents” substitute

 
  

“lock the postal ballot box (if it has a lock) and

 

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reseal it in the presence of the agents or counting

 
  

observers or both (as the case may be)”.

 
 

Regulation 86 (opening of

In paragraph (1), for “returning officer” substitute

 
 

ballot paper envelopes)

“relevant returning or counting officer”.

 
 

Regulation 86A (retrieval of

In paragraph (1), for “returning officer” substitute

 

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cancelled postal ballot

“relevant returning or counting officer”.

 
 

papers)

  
 
 

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill
Schedule 5 — Combination of polls: England
Part 2 — Application of provisions about issue and receipt of postal ballot papers

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Provision

Modification

 
  

In paragraph (2)—

 
  

(a)   

in sub-paragraph (b), after “agents” insert

 
  

“or counting observers or both (as the case

 
  

may be)”;

 

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(b)   

in sub-paragraph (f), for “votes under rule

 
  

45 of the elections rules” substitute “ballot

 
  

papers” and after “agents” insert “or

 
  

counting observers or both (as the case may

 
  

be)”.

 

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In paragraph (3), for “returning officer” substitute

 
  

“relevant returning or counting officer”.

 
 

Regulation 87 (list of

In paragraph (1), for “In respect of any election, the

 
 

rejected postal ballot papers)

returning officer” substitute “In respect of each

 
  

relevant election or referendum, the relevant

 

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returning or counting officer”.

 
 

Regulation 88 (checking of

For “returning officer” (in each place) substitute

 
 

lists of rejected postal ballot

“the relevant returning or counting officer”.

 
 

papers)

  
  

In paragraph (3), at the end insert “or voting area

 

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under rule 38(1) of the referendum rules”.

 
 

Regulation 89 (sealing of

In paragraph (1), for “returning officer” substitute

 
 

receptacles)

“the relevant returning or counting officer”.

 
 

Regulation 90 (abandoned

In paragraph (2), for “election” substitute “poll”.

 
 

poll)

  

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Regulation 91 (forwarding

In paragraph (1)—

 
 

or retention of documents)

(a)   

for the words before sub-paragraph (a)

 
  

substitute “The relevant returning or

 
  

counting officer shall forward to the

 
  

registration officer to whom he forwards the

 

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documents mentioned in rule 55 of the

 
  

elections rules or rule 50 of the referendum

 
  

rules, at the same time as he forwards those

 
  

documents”;

 
  

(b)   

in paragraph (a), for the words from “the

 

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election to which” to the end substitute

 
  

“each relevant election or referendum and

 
  

the area to which the packet relates”;

 
  

(c)   

at the end insert—

 
  

   

“A separate statement in Form K must be

 

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completed for each relevant election or

 
  

referendum”.

 
 

In paragraph (3), for “returning officer” (in both

 
  

places) substitute “relevant returning or counting

 
  

officer”.

 

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Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill
Schedule 5 — Combination of polls: England
Part 3 — Forms referred to in Part 1

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Provision

Modification

 
 

In paragraph (4), for “Rules 56 and 57 of the

 
  

elections rules” substitute “The rules specified in

 
  

paragraph (4A)”.

 
 

After sub-paragraph (4) insert—

 

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“(4A)   

The rules are—

 
  

(a)   

in a case where proceedings on the

 
  

issue and receipt of postal ballot

 
  

papers are taken together by virtue

 
  

of regulation 65—

 

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(i)   

rule 51 of the referendum

 
  

rules and rule 56 of the

 
  

elections rules, and

 
  

(ii)   

rule 52 of the referendum

 
  

rules;

 

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(b)   

in any other case—

 
  

(i)   

rule 51 of the referendum

 
  

rules or (as the case may be)

 
  

rule 56 of the elections rules,

 
  

and

 

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(ii)   

rule 52 of the referendum

 
  

rules or (as the case may be)

 
  

rule 57 of the elections rules.”

 
 

In paragraph (5), for “returning officer” (in both

 
  

places) substitute “relevant returning or counting

 

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officer”.

 
 

In Schedule 3, Form K

In the case of the form used in relation to the

 
  

referendum under section 1

 
  

(a)   

for “PARLIAMENTARY ELECTION”

 
  

substitute “REFERENDUM ON THE

 

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VOTING SYSTEM FOR UNITED

 
  

KINGDOM PARLIAMENTARY

 
  

ELECTIONS”;

 
  

(b)   

for “constituency” substitute “voting area”;

 
  

(c)   

for “returning officer” (in each place)

 

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substitute “counting officer”.

 
 

Part 3

Forms referred to in Part 1

 

Note - The forms contained in this Part may be adapted so far as circumstances

 
 

require.

 

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Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill
Schedule 5 — Combination of polls: England
Part 3 — Forms referred to in Part 1

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Paragraphs 9(2) and 10(3)

Form 1 - Form of corresponding number list (to be used for combined polls)

 

Voting area/electoral division/electoral area/ward/parish:

 
 

........................................

 
 

Date of Poll: .........................................

 

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Sheet No.: .............................................

 
 

Ballot Paper Number

Unique Identifying Mark

Elector Number (to be

 
 

(identify the number

 

completed only in respect of

 
 

issued for the

 

ballot papers issued to

 
 

referendum/election)

 

postal voters)

 

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Paragraph 13(2)

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Form 2 - Form of postal voting statement (for use where proceedings on issue

and receipt of postal ballot papers combined)

 

Postal Voting Statement

 
   
 

*Voter’s name: .................................

Ballot paper nos. ............................

 

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Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill
Schedule 5 — Combination of polls: England
Part 3 — Forms referred to in Part 1

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*Counting officer to insert name but omit where ballot papers sent to an anonymous elector

 
  

[other identifying mark]

 
 
 

You must provide your [# signature and] date of birth. If you do not, the postal

 
 

voting statement will be invalid and your vote will not be counted.

 
 

I AM THE PERSON THE BALLOT PAPERS NUMBERED ABOVE WERE SENT

 

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TO

 
 

Date of birth

DDMMYYYY

(voter’s date of birth)

 
 

#Signature

 

(voter’s signature)

 
   

IMPORTANT - Keep

 
   

signature within border

 

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#(Counting officer to omit where a person has been granted a waiver)

 
 

It is an offence to vote using a ballot paper that is not addressed to you.

 
 

PLEASE READ INSTRUCTIONS TO THE VOTER

 
 

Issued by the counting officer

 
 

INSTRUCTIONS TO THE VOTER

 

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Complete the ballot papers yourself and in private. If you need help, contact

 
 

the counting officer’s staff as shown below.

 
 

[contact details for assistance; include address as appropriate]

 
 

1.

You must provide your [#signature and] date of birth. If you do not, the

 
  

postal voting statement will be invalid and your vote(s) will not be counted.

 

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2.

When you are voting in the referendum on the voting system for United

 
  

Kingdom parliamentary elections ([insert colour of ballot paper] ballot paper),

 
  

mark a cross (X) in the box on the right hand side of the ballot paper

 
  

opposite the answer you are voting for. Vote in one box only. Do not mark

 
  

the ballot paper in any other way or your vote may not be counted.

 

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3.

[When you are voting in a local government election ([insert colour of ballot

 
  

paper] ballot paper), mark a cross (X) in the box on the right hand side of the

 
  

ballot paper opposite the name of the candidate[s]* you are voting for. [Vote

 
  

for ONE candidate only.]* [Vote for no more than [specify number]

 
  

candidates.]* Do not mark the ballot paper in any other way or your vote

 

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may not be counted.]*

 
 
 

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill
Schedule 5 — Combination of polls: England
Part 3 — Forms referred to in Part 1

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4.

[When you are voting in a [specify parish council] election ([insert colour of

 
  

ballot paper] ballot paper), mark a cross (X) in the box on the right hand side

 
  

of the ballot paper opposite the name of the candidate[s]* you are voting for.

 
  

[Vote for ONE candidate only.]* [Vote for no more than [specify number]

 
  

candidates.]* Do not mark the ballot paper in any other way or your vote

 

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may not be counted.]*

 
 

5.

[When you are voting in a [specify] referendum ([insert colour of ballot paper]

 
  

ballot paper) mark a cross (X) in the box on the right hand side of the ballot

 
  

paper opposite the answer you are voting for. Vote once only. Do not mark

 
  

the ballot paper in any other way or your vote may not be counted.]*

 

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6.

[When you are voting for an elected Mayor ([insert colour of ballot paper]

 
  

ballot paper), mark a cross (X) in the box on the right hand side of the ballot

 
  

paper opposite the name of the candidate[s]* you are voting for. [Vote for

 
  

ONE candidate only.]* [Vote ONCE (X) in column one for your first choice

 
  

and vote ONCE (X) in column two for your second choice.]* Do not mark

 

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the ballot paper in any other way or your vote may not be counted.]*

 
 

7.

If you need help voting, the person helping you must not tell anyone how

 
  

you voted.

 
 

8.

Put all the ballot papers in the small envelope marked A and seal it.

 
 

9.

Complete the postal voting statement by [#signing it, and] providing your

 

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date of birth.

 
 

10.

Then put the envelope marked A together with the postal voting statement

 
  

in the larger envelope marked B. Return it straightaway.

 
 

11.

After receiving this postal vote, you cannot vote in person at a polling

 
  

station in the referendum[s]* or election[s]*.

 

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12.

If you accidentally spoil any of your ballot papers, you can apply to the

 
  

counting officer for replacements before 5 pm on [day/date of poll]. You must

 
  

return all the ballot papers, the postal voting statement and the envelopes

 
  

marked A and B. Make sure you contact the counting officer as soon as

 
  

possible.

 

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Your ballot papers and the postal voting statement must be received by the

 
  

counting officer by 10 pm on [day/date of poll]. You can deliver your

 
  

completed postal votes to any polling station in your voting area on polling

 
  

day.

 
 

It is an offence to vote using a ballot paper that is not addressed to you.

 

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It is illegal to vote more than once in the same referendum (unless you are

 
 

appointed as a proxy for another person).

 
 

It is illegal to vote more than once at the same election (unless you are

 
 

appointed as a proxy for another person).

 
 

#(Counting officer to omit where a person has been granted a waiver)

 

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*Delete as appropriate

 
   
 
 

 
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