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What data is expected?
This data category requires results by constituency / district for all major national electoral contests. Election data informs about voting outcomes and voting process. What are electoral majorities and minorities? How many votes are registered, invalid, or spoilt? To enable highest transparency, the Index assesses polling station data. Data for electoral zones does not suffice. The Index consulted the National Democratic Institute (NDI) to develop this data category. For more information, see the NDI’s Open Elections Data Initiative. We recommend that you consult our methodology section for more information.
- Results for major electoral contests
- Number of registered votes
- Number of invalid votes
- Number of spoiled ballots
- Data available at polling station level
How open is the data?
It's not openly licenced
It's not in an open and machine-readable format
It's not downloadable at once
It's not up-to-date
It's not publicly available
It's not available free of charge
A key feature of this indicator is that data is available at polling station level. In the United Kingdom the Representation of the People Act 1983 requires polling stations to combine votes with at least one additional polling station before any counting occurs. This is to protect the identity of voters in the event that a candidate receives a low number of votes.
The Representation of the People Act can be found at: https://www.parliament.uk/about/living-heritage/transformingsociety/electionsvoting/womenvote/parliamentary-collections/collections-the-vote-and-after/representation-of-the-people-act-1918/
Therefore the United Kingdom does not provide election results of major electoral contests at polling station level. The Electoral Commission provides election results at higher levels, available at: https://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/our-work/our-research/electoral-data