Freedom of information request response - 05278

FOI request

FOI ID number
Electoral Fraud

Please send to me any record of information that shows the United States of America Department of Defense committed electoral fraud at any of the following elections and referenda:

June 23rd 2016 United Kingdom European Union membership referendum.

June 8th 2017 United Kingdom general election.

November 8th 2016 United States of America congressional and presidential election.

April 23rd 2017-May 7th 2017 French presidential election.

October 15th 2017 Austrian legislative election.

May 29th 2017 Irish Fine Gael leadership election.

March 4th 2018 Italian general election.

Also, please send to me any record of information that shows the United States of America Department of Defense plans to commit electoral fraud at the May 3rd 2018 United Kingdom local elections.

Our response


Thank you for your request which has been logged under FOI Ref No 05278.  However, please note that we will not be treating this as a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act, as the Electoral Registration Officer’s role falls outside of the legislation.

The Registration of Electors is governed by the Representation of the People Act 1983 as amended. Under Section 8 of the Act, a council must appoint one of its officers to be the Registration Officer for any constituency or part of a constituency coterminous with or situated within the council's area. Any appointment as Electoral Registration Officer is separate to any other appointment and although appointed by the council, the Electoral Registration Officer's responsibilities and duties are personal. An example of this is that the Register of Electors is deemed to be the property of the Electoral Registration Officer, not the local authority. The Electoral Registration Officer does not carry out the duties on behalf of the local authority but in his own personal capacity.

The Freedom of Information Act does not list any person appointed under the Representation of the People Act 1983. It follows that the Electoral Registration Officer, Returning Officer or any other person appointed under the Act are not subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act.

We publish information about electoral registration on our website

Response date
04 May 2018