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Postal Votes

Volume 461: debated on Tuesday 19 June 2007

29. To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what provisions are being made to ensure that all those eligible who wish to do so are able to vote via postal voting. (143375)

In 2001, postal voting on demand was introduced to encourage greater participation in the electoral process, by allowing electors to vote using a method that is convenient for them.

The Government continue to believe, given today’s lifestyles and its popularity, that people should continue to have the choice of a postal vote available to them. However, the Government also recognises that the integrity of the electoral process must be maintained, and to that end, has introduced new security measures through the Electoral Administration Act 2006 and Regulations, including the introduction of personal identifiers for absent voters.