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Three issues that need tackling this General Election

Let’s use this election as a chance to re-build democracy on stronger and fairer foundations As the UK prepares for its next general election in December, it is important to revise what needs to be...

Posted 05 Nov 2019

Most voters end up being represented by an MP they didn’t vote for

Where is proportional representation used in the UK?

Westminster’s voting system is well and truly broken. The system with which we elect our MPs is struggling to produce fair and representative results. The 2017 General Election showed that, for the third time in a...

Posted 05 Nov 2019

Outside of Westminster, most ways of electing parliaments and assemblies don’t involve wasting so many votes.

Could social media warp the next General Election?

Facebook recently triggered a major public debate by changing its rules on posts by political campaigners. Previously these had been open to ‘fact-checking’ by trusted organisations. However, the new decision means the site will not...

Posted 29 Oct 2019

We need emergency legislation to close the electoral loopholes

Meet the new ERS Council

After a well-contested election, the Electoral Reform Society have a new Council to govern the Society for the next two years. Nearly 850 members took part, with 50 candidates standing for the 12 seats available....

Posted 22 Oct 2019

Hands up voting

Why our next General Election will be an unfair lottery

Over the past century, our society and democracy have been transformed almost beyond recognition. As voting habits have changed, one thing becoming increasingly clear: Westminster’s voting system of First Past the Post fails time and...

Posted 21 Oct 2019

It’s time to move to a voting system fit for the 21st century

In Wales, votes at 16 is one step closer to reality

As the Welsh Assembly takes a historic step towards extending voting to 16 and 17-year-olds in Wales, Daniel Priestley – Law Student at Cardiff University currently on placement with the Electoral Reform Society shares how the...

Posted 17 Oct 2019