Voter Registration

31 Jan 2017

It turns out voters have faith in democracy. But we can do better

Graphic by the Electoral Commission. This article was first published by Democratic Audit From Donald Trump’s claims of widespread voter fraud in the US, to the government’s plans for voter ID trials in the UK next year, the (often shaky) notion of widespread abuse in our democratic system has been on the agenda this past few months. So it’s interesting to see new research from the Electoral […]
5 Feb 2016

Time for a Registration Revolution

Today is National Voter Registration day, launched by our friends at Bite the Ballot . Voter registration is an integral part of our democracy. If you’re not registered you can’t vote. Electoral boundaries are now also drawn based on the register , meaning under registration could lead to distortions in the boundaries. In December 2015 Britain finished the biggest change to electoral registration […]
Ballot papers
17 Apr 2015

Three days left

However you decide to vote after last night’s TV debate, you need to do one thing first: there’s just three days left to register to vote , with the deadline on the 20 th of April. Encouragingly, 25,000 logged on after the challengers debate to do so. That’s because it’s easier to do than ever, and takes less than five minutes - about the time it takes to make a cup of tea. And you don’t even […]
30 Jan 2015

A steampunk system

This is a guest post by Plaid Cymru Assembly Member Simon Thomas, discussing his recent speech on young people and democracy for ERS Cymru. The views, opinions and positions expressed within are those of the author alone and do not represent those of the Electoral Reform Society. I was 15 when the first referendum on Welsh devolution was held, and I so much wanted to vote. 58% voted in 1979 and […]
13 Jan 2015

Cash for registration?

The Cabinet Office last week announced a ‘further’ £9.8m of spending to promote voter registration . Some £6.8m is being allocated to local authorities, depending on their levels of under-registration. And up to £2.5m will be used to fund national activity, again aimed at under-registered groups. The remaining £500,000 is earmarked for ‘efforts to boost confidence in the elections process’. While […]
5 Feb 2014

Time to Bite the Ballot

Today is the first ever National Voter Registration Day – a fantastic initiative by Bite the Ballot to get as many (particularly younger) people on the electoral register as possible. A large number of schools, businesses, associations and volunteers are coming together in an attempt to get 250,000 new names registered to vote. Today is also the day we reveal a shocking new finding: almost one in […]
8 Jan 2014

Let's be careful with voter ID

The Electoral Commission today recommended that voters should be required to produce ID at the polling station as a measure to tackle electoral fraud. While it is of course vital to prevent fraud, at a time when people are increasingly turning away from politics it’s important that we do not put up new barriers to participation. This year sees the biggest change to the way we vote since the […]
4 Jul 2013

Millions still at risk of falling off the electoral register

The government seems to have recognised the risk – one which we have consistently warned about – that millions of people may fall off the electoral register and become effectively disenfranchised as a result of individual electoral registration. Today Chloe Smith, the Minister for Political and Constitutional Reform, announced an initiative offering funding for ideas to help ensure people do not […]
15 Feb 2013

There are millions more renters, let’s give them a voice

Pete Jefferys, Shelter Policy Team In the Shelter policy team we spend a lot of time thinking about how to get renting up the political agenda. Four in ten of the people who come to Shelter for housing advice rent privately and the number of renters is increasing rapidly as more and more families find themselves unable to buy a home. There are now more than 9m renters in England – which ought to […]
30 Jan 2013

Where next on boundaries?

Yesterday opposition and government MPs finally strangled David Cameron’s ill-thought out boundary review. The vote was a victory for common sense, but the question today is where we go from here. The debate was dominated by partisan advantage, but we did get a taster for how a better boundary regime might be achieved. Labour’s Paul Blomfield brought the debate back to fundamental principles. He […]