Elections and electoral register


Recent statements in this category are shown below:

  • Mid Sussex District Council (17 004 517)

    Statement Closed after initial enquiries Elections and electoral register 17-Aug-2017

    Summary: We cannot investigate Mr Y's complaint about cancelled postal votes and the resultant cost to the public pursue. The Ombudsman has no legal remit to investigate the organisation of elections or public finances. Mr Y also complains the Council has not responded to a request for information he has made. We will not investigate as Mr Y should make his complaint to the Information Commissioner's Office.

  • Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council (17 005 760)

    Statement Closed after initial enquiries Elections and electoral register 04-Aug-2017

    Summary: The Ombudsman cannot investigate Mr B's complaint about the delivery of local election poll cards because management of the election process was the responsibility of the Returning Officer who acts in a personal capacity.

  • Vale of White Horse District Council (17 006 743)

    Statement Closed after initial enquiries Elections and electoral register 01-Aug-2017

    Summary: We cannot investigate Mr Y's complaint about the Council not sending him his postal vote in time. The organisation of elections is the responsibility of the Returning Officer who in performing this duty does not work on behalf of the Council but in a personal capacity. We have no remit therefore to investigate.

  • Leicester City Council (17 003 672)

    Statement Closed after initial enquiries Elections and electoral register 04-Jul-2017

    Summary: The Ombudsman cannot investigate Mr B's complaint about his voting by proxy application. That is because decisions on such matters are the responsibility of the Returning Officer and not an administrative function of the Council.

  • Leicester City Council (17 004 882)

    Statement Closed after initial enquiries Elections and electoral register 27-Jun-2017

    Summary: Mr Y complains he could not vote in the General Election as the Council did not get his postal vote to him in time. We cannot investigate as this is the responsibility of the Returning Officer who does not work on behalf of the Council in this capacity but independently.

  • Bedford Borough Council (16 018 243)

    Statement Closed after initial enquiries Elections and electoral register 10-Apr-2017

    Summary: We will not investigate this complaint about the Council wrongly adding Mr Y's address and details to its electoral register as we cannot add to the Council's own investigation or achieve the outcome Mr Y seeks.

  • South Staffordshire District Council (16 017 112)

    Statement Closed after initial enquiries Elections and electoral register 08-Mar-2017

    Summary: The Ombudsman cannot investigate Mr X's complaint about being turned away from a polling station when he want to vote in for a Police and Crime Commissioner election. This is the responsibility of the Returning Officer, who acts in a personal capacity, not as a council officer. As this is not an administrative function of the Council it is not something the Ombudsman can investigate.

  • North Tyneside Metropolitan Borough Council (16 011 226)

    Statement Closed after initial enquiries Elections and electoral register 24-Nov-2016

    Summary: The Ombudsman will not investigate this complaint about a voicemail because there is insufficient evidence of injustice. She will not investigate the complaint about data handling because the complainant has complained to the Information Commissioner.

  • Bristol City Council (16 009 516)

    Statement Closed after initial enquiries Elections and electoral register 01-Nov-2016

    Summary: The Ombudsman will not investigate this complaint about appointing Mr X to a new polling place. This is because she is unlikely to find fault in the Council's actions. Also Mr X can vote by post or appoint a proxy; therefore he has not suffered any significant personal injustice.

  • Stoke-on-Trent City Council (16 008 300)

    Statement Closed after initial enquiries Elections and electoral register 13-Oct-2016

    Summary: The Ombudsman cannot investigate this complaint about the lack of disabled access at a polling station. Provisions made at polling stations in the Council area are the responsibility of the Returning Officer. The Returning Officer does not though act on behalf of the Council and so the Ombudsman has no jurisdiction to investigate the complaint.

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