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INABILITY OF PEOPLE TO VOTE ON POLLING DAY

EDM (Early Day Motion) 1: tabled on 25 May 2010

Tabled in the 2010-12 session.

This motion has been signed by 44 Members. It has received 1 amendment.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

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Motion text

That this House notes with concern that a significant number of electors around the country were turned away from polling stations on 6 May 2010, denying them the right to vote even though they turned up before the close of poll; welcomes the Electoral Commission's recent report that a change in the law should be introduced so that everyone turning up before the close of poll should be afforded the opportunity to vote; further welcomes its recommendation that local authorities review the number of polling districts and polling stations as well as contingency arrangements in the event of future problems; notes with particular concern that confusion over eligibility to vote in either election was a significant factor in delaying the voting process; calls on the Government to make changes in the law to avoid multiple elections taking place on the same day in future; and further calls on local authorities to take note of the Electoral Commission's recommendations, and carry out a review of polling districts and the number of polling stations available for people to cast their vote.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Abbott, Ms Diane
Labour
Signed on 3 June 2010
Hackney North and Stoke Newington
Amess, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 3 June 2010
Southend West
Brake, Tom
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 7 June 2010
Carshalton and Wallington
Brooke, Annette
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 2 June 2010
Mid Dorset and North Poole
Burt, Lorely
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 2 June 2010
Solihull
Caton, Martin
Labour
Signed on 9 June 2010
Gower
Dodds, Nigel
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 9 June 2010
Belfast North
Evans, Chris
Labour
Signed on 8 June 2010
Islwyn
Hemming, John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 10 June 2010
Birmingham, Yardley
Hermon, Lady Sylvia
Independent
Signed on 18 November 2010
North Down
Hood, Mr Jim
Labour
Signed on 8 June 2010
Lanark and Hamilton East
Horwood, Mr Martin
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 14 June 2010
Cheltenham
Hosie, Stewart
Scottish National Party
Signed on 2 June 2010
Dundee East
Hughes, Simon
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 27 May 2010
Bermondsey and Old Southwark
Huppert, Julian
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 26 May 2010
Cambridge
Jackson, Glenda
Labour
Signed on 26 May 2010
Hampstead and Kilburn
Lloyd, Stephen
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 2 June 2010
Eastbourne
McCrea, William
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 8 June 2010
South Antrim
McDonnell, Dr Alasdair
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 9 December 2010
Belfast South
McDonnell, John
Labour
Signed on 30 June 2010
Hayes and Harlington
Miller, Andrew
Labour
Signed on 2 June 2010
Ellesmere Port and Neston
Mulholland, Greg
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 2 June 2010
Leeds North West
Murphy, Paul
Labour
Signed on 8 June 2010
Torfaen
Paisley Junior, Ian
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 10 June 2010
North Antrim
Pugh, Dr John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 7 June 2010
Southport
Rogerson, Dan
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 8 June 2010
North Cornwall
Rosindell, Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 2 June 2010
Romford
Sharma, Virendra
Labour
Signed on 8 July 2010
Ealing, Southall
Skinner, Mr Dennis
Labour
Signed on 7 June 2010
Bolsover
Smith, Owen
Labour
Signed on 1 July 2010
Pontypridd
Stephenson, Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 7 June 2010
Pendle
Swinson, Jo
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 3 June 2010
East Dunbartonshire
Vickers, Martin
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 2010
Cleethorpes
Ward, Mr David
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 16 June 2010
Bradford East
Wicks, Malcolm
Labour
Signed on 3 June 2010
Croydon North
Williams, Mr Mark
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 27 May 2010
Ceredigion
Williams, Stephen
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 26 May 2010
Bristol West

These members had previously signed the motion, but have now withdrawn their support. The date shown is when the Member withdrew their signature from the motion.

After a motion has been tabled, other Members can table amendments to it. Amendments to this motion are shown below.

INABILITY OF PEOPLE TO VOTE ON POLLING DAY (Amendment 1)
leave out from `problems;' to `future;' in line 11 and insert `welcomes the fact that the 2010 general election was held on the same day as local elections which resulted in many more people voting in the local elections than is usually the case;'.
Labour, Birmingham, Hall Green
3
signatures
EDM 1A1: tabled on 2 June 2010