asked Her Majesty's Government:
Whether the following documents will be open to public inspection: (a) postal vote applications and the signatures provided as personal identifiers; and (b) the statements of identity, including signatures, provided by persons voting by post.[HL7701]
The draft Representation of the People (England and Wales) (Amendment)(No. 2) Regulations 2006 that have been laid before Parliament include provisions that implement the absent voting personal identifiers provisions in the Electoral Administration Act 2006. The draft regulations do not provide for postal vote application forms and the signatures provided on them to be open to public inspection. However, under the draft regulations, postal voting statements may be made available for public inspection after the election, on similar terms to the inspection of certain other election documents.