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"the obligation to organise the EP elections due next May in its territory"

What does this mean, though? May is not that far away: fewer than 90 days. If one looks in France, for example, have polling place notices been mailed yet? Candidate lists published? Voting observers put on retainer? Etc.?

I don't know the mechanics of voting in the EU, but an election date in May suggests that by early March there should be observable preparatory activity. If that activity is not observable in the UK, is the UK still fulfilling its responsibilities as an EU member in good standing?

by asdf on Thu Feb 28th, 2019 at 07:37:36 PM EST
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AFAIK, no bill introduced for vote on or before 14 March establishes criteria or means for the Electoral Commission to execute any "public vote."

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by Cat on Thu Feb 28th, 2019 at 08:11:39 PM EST
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Afaik, every country has their own schedule.

In Sweden, today was last day to hand in candidates, lists, signed declarations by the candidates etc, for parties if they are to be guaranteed printed lists at latest 45 days before the election.

The election authority usually manages late cases, but they don't guarantee it.

So, at least here, the election time table has already started.

by fjallstrom on Thu Feb 28th, 2019 at 09:15:52 PM EST
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General elections in Britain are governed by the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 which allows for a snap general election if voted for by 2/3s of all MPs or if a government loses a vote of confidence and no new government can win a vote of confidence within 14 days.

I can't find any requirement for a minimum or maximum notice period, but on 18 April 2017, Prime Minister Theresa May announced her intention to call a snap general election for 8 June 2017 - a period of c. 7 weeks.

Referendums require distinct legislation to be passed on each occasion, so it takes however long that takes. The legislation for the June 2016 Brexit referendum was introduced into the HOC on 28 May 2015 - over a year beforehand.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Feb 28th, 2019 at 09:46:26 PM EST
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Polling place notices? Don't all voters have a voting card with the fixed polling place on it, to be notified only if it changes?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Feb 28th, 2019 at 11:28:48 PM EST
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Don't all voters have a voting card with the fixed polling place on it

No

Individual Polling cards are mailed to each person on the electoral roll before each election, indicating the polling station on that occasion. While they rarely change, polling stations are not fixed.

The polling card is/was just a notiification of the election. You did not need it to vote. Until a trial in May 2018 you did not need to prove your identity, just state you name and address to be given a ballot paper.

In May 2018 local (council) elections, there were some trials requiring ID to vote.

You might say "archaic" or "very trusting".

by oldremainmer48 on Fri Mar 1st, 2019 at 08:59:42 AM EST
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Sensible.

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by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri Mar 1st, 2019 at 05:06:05 PM EST
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Probably dates from the time when democracies were actually trying to encourage people to vote...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Fri Mar 1st, 2019 at 06:34:30 PM EST
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Hold up.

The questions about "organizing an election" and voters' assignments to a particular "fixed polling place" concern the UK electoral system, specifically.

Let's not generalize methods of "to encourage" (or to discourage) to exercise the ballot for either the past or the present,

before you've even established qualifications for

  1. universal suffrage in the the UK; and
  2. democratic form of government  in the the UK.


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by Cat on Fri Mar 1st, 2019 at 06:54:37 PM EST
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