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Requirement to publish home addresses in local elections to be dropped

Published 7th February 2018

Candidates standing as councillors in local elections will soon not have to publish their home addresses on ballot papers, says the Prime Minister.

In a speech yesterday to mark the centenary of women’s suffrage, Theresa May announced the Government will consult on a new offence in electoral law of intimidating parliamentary candidates and their campaigners.

The current offence of electoral intimidation relates to undue influence on voters.

As part of Whitehall’s effort to tackle intimidation and abuse of people taking part in elections, Mrs May said the Government would bring forward legislation to remove the requirement for candidates in local elections to have their addresses published on ballot papers.

This measure would be implemented in time for local elections in May 2019.

Voters would still be informed whether or not the candidate lived locally and candidates could still list a home address if they wished.

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