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Jan 2015
Simon Thomas for blog
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 […]
Jan 2015
missing millions hero
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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 […]
Feb 2014
NVRD for blog
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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 […]
Jan 2014
polling station blog
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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 […]
Jul 2013
Missing millions
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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 […]
Feb 2013
house blog
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 […]
Jan 2013
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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 […]
Laura Muntus, Communications Intern at the Electoral Reform Society   On the 29th October, the Electoral Registration and Administration bill is due to go to Lords committee stage. This bill will change the way we register to vote so completely that it will affect every single person in the UK, including people already listed on […]
Dec 2011
The Electoral Commission’s latest report into voter registration shows that 6 million voters are currently missing from the register and with the government set to introduce Individual Electoral Registration (IER) in 2012, there is a danger that millions more could disappear before the next election.   IER represents the biggest change to the way we […]
Some good news for a change as the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee’s new report shows we’re making progress on getting Individual Electoral Registration (IER) right.   The Society has been working closely with the UK Government, all political parties, electoral registration officers and civil society to suggest changes to the Bill to help prevent […]