FOI Request - Postal Votes at Referendum

Request 101000285357

1) The total number of postal votes requested for the SIR;

2) The number of those requests which came from: 2a) Scotland (by local authority area please); 2b) Wales; 2c) Northern Ireland; 2d) England; 2e) the Isle of Man; 2f) the Channel Isles; 2g) the Isles of Scilly;

3) The number of those requests which came from mainland Europe.  3a) please provide a breakdown on a country basis;

4) The number of those requests which came from Asia.  4a) please provide a breakdown on a country basis; 4b) for Midlothian specifically, please state the number of postal votes requested from Oman;

5) The number of those requests which came from Africa.  5a) please provide a breakdown on a country basis;

6) The number of those requests which came from Australasia (including Pacific territories).  6a) please provide a breakdown on a country basis;

7) The number of those requests which came from the Americas (north & south and including pacific territories).

7a) please provide a breakdown on a country basis;

8) the number of postal votes rejected;

9) The number of proxy votes requested and; 9a) the number of proxies cast;

10) The number of emergency proxy votes requested and; 10a) the number of those votes cast.

If  your council / organisation does not hold the requested information, please forward this request to the relevant body.

Response 07-10-2014

1. This information is not held therefore it is exempt under Section 17 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.  The Counting Officer or the Elections does not hold information about the total number of postal votes requested, this is a matter for the Electoral Registration Officer of the Grampian Valuation Joint Board.

2. This information is not held therefore it is exempt under Section 17 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002. The Moray Council nor the Counting Officer and the Elections Office do not hold this information.

3. This information is not held therefore it is exempt under Section 17 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002. The Moray Council nor the Counting Officer and the Elections Office do not hold this information.

4. This information is not held therefore it is exempt under Section 17 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002. The Moray Council nor the Counting Officer and the Elections Office do not hold this information.

5. This information is not held therefore it is exempt under Section 17 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002. The Moray Council nor the Counting Officer and the Elections Office do not hold this information.

6. This information is not held therefore it is exempt under Section 17 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002. The Moray Council nor the Counting Officer and the Elections Office do not hold this information.

7. This information is not held therefore it is exempt under Section 17 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002. The Moray Council nor the Counting Officer and the Elections Office do not hold this information.

8. 227 (this is rejected during postal vote verification not at the count, the question above does not qualify the requirement).

9. This information is not held therefore it is exempt under Section 17 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002. The Moray Council nor the Counting Officer and the Elections Office do not hold this information.

9a. The Moray Council nor the Counting Officer and the Elections Office do not hold this information in a method that would allow this is be ascertained from the marked register. It is also noted that the marked register is only available to specific persons for specific purposes under the Scottish Independence Referendum Act 2013 on application. This information is not held therefore it is exempt under Section 17 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

10. This information is not held and is therefore exempt under Section 17 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002. 

10a. The Moray Council nor the Counting Officer and the Elections Office do not hold this information in a method that would allow this is be ascertained from the marked register. It is also noted that the marked register is only available to specific persons for specific purposes under the Scottish Independence Referendum Act 2013 on application. This information is not held and is therefore exempt under Section 17 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

The contact details for the Electoral Registration Office are as noted below:

Woodhill House, Westburn Road, Aberdeen
AB16 5GE
Phone 01224 664360
Fax 01224 664361

This request has not been forwarded to the Electoral Registration Office.

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