Electoral law

On 9 December 2014 we published a joint consultation paper with the Scottish Law Commission and the Northern Ireland Law Commission on options for reforming electoral law.

Electoral law in the UK is spread across 25 major statutes.  It has become increasingly complex and fragmented, and difficult to use.  The last century has seen a steady increase in the numbers and types of election.  Each of these election types comes with its own set of rules and systems, and combining them to produce one election event introduces yet more layers of electoral laws.

This consultation seeks views on how the laws relating to elections can be rationalised and simplified.