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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

EU referendum

Our report on the EU referendum

We have published a report on the referendum on the United Kingdom’s membership of the EU, which looks at the key issues that arose on the way to polling day, including the conduct of campaigners and our regulation of them, and provides data on the views of voters and the experience they had throughout this period.

The report also includes recommendations that would improve the administration, regulation, and delivery of future referendums. In addition to this comprehensive report, we have also published a number of other related reports.

May 2016 elections

Our report on the 2016 National Assembly for Wales elections

Based on the experience of voters, elections staff and campaigners, we have been able to make the assessment that overall the Assembly elections were well-run with few problems.

One of the findings in the report highlights the challenges presented by the combination of the National Assembly for Wales and Police and Crime Commissioner elections. This has led to the recommendation that the Wales Delivery Group should become permanent and continue to assist with the successful planning of future electoral events.

Our report on the 2016 Police and Crime Commissioner elections

The 2016 Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) elections were well-run, with voters confident in the voting process and satisfied with the process for registering to vote. However, as in 2012, voters reported a lack of awareness about the role of the PCCs, what the elections were for and information about the candidates.

In our report, we have again recommended that the UK Government amend legislation to allow a candidate information booklet to be sent to all households in each police force area ahead of the PCC elections. We also highlighted our concern about the combination of different polls which are currently scheduled to take place in May 2020.

Our report on the 2016 Northern Ireland Assembly election

Our overall assessment is that the May 2016 Northern Ireland Assembly election was well run. People were satisfied with the process of registering to vote and with the process of voting, whether they cast their vote in person at a polling station or by post. The count was conducted efficiently, with significant improvements in the planning compared to previous elections.

Our report makes ten recommendations covering a broad range of issues. We have asked the UK Government to announce when online registration will be launched in Northern Ireland and to extend our performance standards framework to Northern Ireland. We have also repeated our call for legislation to be introduced that will allow us to publish information on how political parties in Northern Ireland are funded.

Our report on the 2016 Scottish Parliament election

Our assessment is that the 2016 Scottish Parliament election was well-run. Our public opinion research found that most voters believed the election to be well-run and were satisfied with the experience of registering and voting. The help and support available inside polling places was highly regarded by voters.

While the election was well-run, we have made a number of recommendations in our report aimed at ensuring that we have a modern electoral process which keeps pace with the changing needs, and demands, of society. This includes developing a consolidated, simplified, updated and improved set of laws (made in Scotland for the administration of devolved elections) to enable elections to be run much more efficiently and cost-effectively than at present.

Our report on the 2016 Mayor of London and London Assembly elections

The 2016 Mayor of London and London Assembly elections were well run overall, with voters reporting high levels of confidence with the voting process and that they were satisfied with the process for registering to vote.

In our report, we have made a number of recommendations for improving the count in London for the next Mayoral election and, looking forward, we have highlighted our concern about the combination of different polls which are currently scheduled to take place in May 2020.

Elections & referendums