Overview

Local, mayoral and Police and Crime Commissioner elections that were due to take place in May 2020 were postponed until May 2021, in response to the developing Covid-19 pandemic.

Very few polls took place in 2020, which meant that the number of allegations reported to police forces for investigation was particularly low.

Because this was not a normal year for elections in the UK, this data cannot be meaningfully compared with data for previous or future years. 

Elections in 2020

Local by-elections took place across Great Britain between January and March 2020. After March, the only elections held – which took place under coronavirus restrictions – were eight Scottish Council by-elections in the autumn of 2020. 

15 cases of alleged electoral fraud were investigated by the police. Of these, 12 resulted in either no further action or were locally resolved by police. 3 remain under investigation.

Allegations data by police force

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2020 cases

Election petitions

An election petition is a legal challenge to the result and/or the delivery of an election.

One petition was made about the administration of the 23 January 2020 local by-election in the London Borough of Brent. It was claimed that the ballot papers had not been counted correctly and the wrong candidate had been elected. The petition was unsuccessful.

Last updated: 31 March 2021
Next review: 15 March 2022