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Law Commissions' review of electoral law

On this page you can find out about the Law Commissions' project to create a more modern, simple and accessible law for elections.

You can also read about the work we are doing to support this project.

Latest updates

  • Recommendations for electoral law reform published

    04-02-2016

    The three UK Law Commissions have published their recommendations for electoral law reform.

    This follows a consultation during which there was extensive support for the Law Commissions’ proposals.

    We very much welcome the reforms outlined by the Law Commissions and believe that they will address many of the difficulties with the current law. We hope that the UK and Scottish Governments will quickly approve the continuation of the Law Commissions’ project, so that new electoral law can be drafted in time for the 2020 and 2021 UK and devolved elections.

The Law Commissions' review

The Law Commissions of England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are currently reviewing electoral law.

The aims of the project are to:

  • consolidate the many existing sources of electoral law, and
  • modernise and simplify the law, making it fit for elections in the 21st century

We encourage everyone participating in elections to engage in this opportunity to improve the UK's electoral law.

More information can be found on the Law Commissions' websites:

Our work

We strongly support the Law Commissions' review and are working to inform the review. It is an opportunity to make electoral law more accessible and bring it up to date.

Our consultation responses

Our responses to the Law Commissions' consultations are below:

Our research reports

We have published reports on aspects of electoral law in the UK to inform thinking in connection with the Law Commissions' project.

Further information

We have published a note setting out the background to the Law Commissions' review and our work in more detail:

Our views