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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

Local government elections in Wales

On Thursday 4 May, 2017 elections took place across all of Wales’ 22 local authority areas. Our analysis and research with voters and campaigners shows high levels of satisfaction and confidence in the way in which these elections were run across the country.

Read more in our report on the local government elections in Wales

Scottish council elections

Our analysis and research of the May 2017 Scottish council elections shows high levels of satisfaction and confidence in the process. Our assessment is that the elections were well run.

Read more in our report on the Scottish council elections


EU referendum

Report on the regulation of campaigners at the EU referendum

We have found that that rules put in place specifically for the EU referendum worked well. We set out a number of recommendations for changes to be incorporated into the legislation that underpins UK-wide referendums.

Read our report on the regulation of campaigners at the EU referendum (PDF)

Report on how the EU referendum was run

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.

Elections & referendums