It is now 15 years since Scotland abandoned First Past the Post for local government elections and adopted the Single Transferable Vote form of proportional representation. What many will have seen as a small shift in process...
Posted 01 Apr 2022
"With STV, we are trying to steal a march on other parties, while at the same time cooperating for the public good."
Posted 05 Aug 2021
A council in Scotland will write to the Prime Minister to formally oppose plans to bring in voter ID at future general elections.
Posted 25 Jun 2021
Over 12 million voters have a powerful voice today, with proportional representation used in Wales, Scotland and on the London Assembly.
Posted 06 May 2021
Politicians must move Scottish democracy forward by putting citizens at the centre, the ERS and 17 other leading organisations and campaigners say.
Posted 18 Feb 2021
The New Zealand Labour party are celebrating a landslide win, with 49 percent of the vote and enough MPs to form a single-party government on their own. This is the first time since New Zealand...
Posted 20 Oct 2020
"When we now come to use Westminster’s one-person-takes-all system in Scotland, it seems perverse and unwieldly."
Posted 04 May 2020
For most of the 20th century, every election in Scotland was conducted under the First Past the Post system, from elections of MPs to local councillors. Much like in the rest of the UK, this...
Posted 05 Sep 2019
This piece was originally published by The Scotsman. Talk of citizens’ assemblies is in the air. Former Conservative leadership contender, Rory Stewart has suggested holding one to break through the Brexit impasse. And on Monday,...
Posted 20 Jun 2019
First Past the Post elections are like trying to peel potatoes with a chainsaw. For much of the UK, people have come to think this clunking old method of giving people a say is the same as...
Posted 24 Aug 2017