Parliamentary Briefings

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Letter to Chloe Smith MP on Voter ID

Dear Minister, RE: Voter ID pilots We are writing to express our collective concerns for the Government plans to pilot identification in polling stations at the local government elections in May. The Government’s commitment to...

Posted 12 Mar 2018

Debate Briefing on Votes at 16 Private Members Bill

Download as PDF (453.8KB pdf) Briefing The Electoral Reform Society strongly supports enfranchising 16- and 17-year-olds for all elections and referendums. We see lowering the franchise as vital to nurturing more active citizens for the...

Posted 02 Nov 2017

Debate Briefing on Proportional Representation

Download as PDF (403.1KB pdf) Briefing The Electoral Reform Society warmly welcomes the decision to debate the petition ‘To make votes matter, adopt Proportional Representation for UK General Elections’ in Westminster Hall on 30th October 2017....

Posted 25 Oct 2017

Response to the Welsh Government on Electoral Reform in Wales

Download briefing (124.2KB pdf)  1.   Introduction  The devolution of powers over elections gives Wales a significant opportunity to do things differently for the benefit of voters and potential voters across the country. We are really...

Posted 23 Oct 2017

Background on Hereditary Peers By-elections

Download the briefing (408.5KB pdf) Jess Garland, Research Advisor, Electoral Reform Society July 2017 The result of the most recent hereditary peer by-election will be announced on Wednesday 19 July. This by-election was called following...

Posted 28 Jun 2017

Background on Votes at 16

Download the briefing (325.3KB pdf) The Electoral Reform Society strongly supports enfranchising 16- and 17-year-olds for all elections and referenda. Enfranchising younger people is one of the ways we can try to build a better...

Posted 28 Jun 2017

Response to PACAC on the Hosue of Lords

Download Submission (388.5KB pdf) ‘Is the House of Lords an effective second chamber?’ January 10th, 2017 Electoral Reform Society submission to Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee (PACAC) Inquiry on the Size and Composition of...

Posted 10 Jan 2017

Position on Lessons from the EU Referendum

Download Briefing (541.1KB pdf) The EU referendum – where we go from here The Electoral Reform Society was, from the start, a key commentator on the conduct and nature of the EU referendum and the...

Posted 04 Jul 2016