Law Commission 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.
We have now published our 2015 legislative issues paper, which outlines some of issues that we came across with electoral law during our work relating to the elections held on 7 May 2015. We are also publishing our 2014 legislative issues paper that we produced relating to the May 2014 polls.
The Law Commissions' review
The Law Commissions of England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are currently reviewing electoral law and will be making recommendations for change.
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:
- The England and Wales Law Commission
- The Scottish Law Commission
- The Northern Ireland Law Commission
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:
- Response to consultation on 11th programme of law reform (2010) (PDF)
- Response to scoping consultation (2012) (PDF)
- First response to substantive consultation (2015) (PDF)
- Second response to substantive consultation (2015) (PDF)
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.
- Electoral legislation, principles and practice: a comparative analysis (PDF)
- Challenging elections in the UK ('election petitions') (PDF)
- Reflections on a new structure for the UK's electoral law (by Professor Watt, University of Buckingham) (PDF)
- The position of election forms and notices in the hierarchy of electoral laws (PDF)
- The hidden costs of electoral law (PDF)
- Issues with the legislation governing the 2014 elections (PDF)
- Issues with the legislation governing the 2015 elections (PDF)
We have published a note setting out the background to the Law Commissions' review and our work in more detail: