The Electoral Reform Society Scotland is the country's leading authority on elections, democracy and political power.
ERS Scotland researches the effectiveness of existing voting systems in Scotland, campaigns for improvements in the systems and processes of government, and seeks to promote debate and discussion about Scotland’s democracy.
ERS Scotland activities include:
- lobbying politicians and political parties on electoral reform
- analysing election results and voting behaviour, including producing documents, research publications and articles for the press
- organising events to stimulate democratic engagement and debate
ERS Scotland's new programme of events and roundtables to discuss the future on Scottish Democracy. Find out more about Democracy Max...
ERS Scotland was pleased to work with ScotCen to produce the report: More Devolution: an alternative road?
Professor John Curtice and Rachel Ormston prepared a presentation
that was shown to an invited audience at the Scottish Parliament.
Additional information about the results of the Scottish Social Attitudes Survey 2012 and people's attitudes towards a range of political issues are available on the ScotCen website
The first report from the Democracy Max roundtables was published - read the report from the Sovereignty of the People roundtable
ERS Scotland submitted evidence to the Scottish Parliament's Local Government and Regeneration Committee's Inquiry into the 2012 Scottish Local Government Elections.
We also sent the Committee our report into the 2012 Local Government Elections
We were asked to comment on the Scottish Government's draft Franchise (Scotland) Bill
which seeks to extend the franchise for the independence referendum to all 16 and 17 year olds.
The Electoral Reform Society Scotland has responded to the Scottish Parliament's Referendum (Scotland) Bill Committee's Call for Evidence
on the Draft Section 30 order which provides for the Scottish Parliament to legislate for a referendum on independence.
The findings of the People's Gathering - the consultation event held to launch the Democracy Max programme - have now been published
. A short film
of the day is also available.
The People's Gathering
brought together almost 100 'ordinary people' to discuss their aspirations for Scotland's democracy in the future.
The Electoral Reform Society Scotland has submitted a response
to the Scottish Government Consultation on the Independence Referendum.
The Electoral Reform Society Scotland has submitted a response to the Westminster Government’s consultation: Scotland’s Constitutional Future.
Download the Electoral Reform Society Scotland's response
which argues that any referendum on Scotland’s future is to accurately represent the views of the Scottish people it must offer a real choice.
The Electoral Reform Society Scotland recently published a new report on the experience of the 2011 election, asking whether action now needs to be taken to ensure that Scotland’s electoral system can continue to meet the original aspirations and expectations of the advocates of devolution. Download the Executive Summary
or the Full Report on 2010 Scottish Election
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Email ERS Scotland on email@example.com
or call 0131624 9853.