What is the Elections Act?

The UK government is making changes to the UK electoral system. The Election Act contains measures that affect elections and the way we vote, campaigning and the rules on campaign spending and funding, and parliamentary oversight of the Electoral Commission.

Changes that have come into force so far include:

  • Requirement to show ID at polling stations
  • Changes to postal and proxy voting
  • Improving the accessibility of elections
  • The introduction of digital imprints
  • Preventing undue influence and a new intimidatory sanction 
  • Changes to overseas voting

Find out more about the Act