The Electoral Reform Society Cymru operates on a simple premise – that politics can be better than it is. We are campaigning for a better democracy in Wales, and across the UK.
ERS Cymru, Baltic House, Mount Stuart Square, Cardiff, CF10 5FH
Our vision is a representative democracy fit for the 21st century. We know that every year that passes with our steam age political system still in place, is a year of missed opportunity for the people of Wales.
The sad truth is that nearly 20 years after devolution the majority of people in Wales still don’t vote in Welsh elections, be that local or Assembly elections.
With only 60 AMs, Welsh democracy is overstretched. But how how might a larger Assembly be elected?
How do people across Wales feel about politics? We spoke with people across Wales about how they feel about politics and how it can be improved.
Over the next five years, the Assembly will gain new powers over elections. There’s a real opportunity for Wales to develop new ways of running elections.
Jess Blair joined ERS in March 2017. Previously Jess was Policy and Projects Manager at the Institute of Welsh Affairs, a leading Welsh think tank. She was also Acting Director during 2016. Prior to that Jess worked in the National Assembly for Wales, writing policy for a political party. She also worked in Brussels with Regional Governments on lifelong learning policy. Jess holds a Masters in Welsh Government and Politics from the Wales Governance Centre at Cardiff University.
Mat has over 15 years of communication and campaigning experience. He has previously held roles at National Autistic Society Cymru, National Museum of Wales and Avon and Somerset Police.
He has also worked in various communication positions for a political party at European, national and local authority level. He occasionally writes for online publications Click on Wales and the Wales Arts Review.