The Electoral Reform Society is a democratic membership organisation dedicated to building a better democracy.
Founded in 1884, the Electoral Reform Society is bound by our Articles of Association and Byelaws.
According to the Society’s Articles, the objects of the Society are:
If you wish to become, or are already a member, we recommend that you read the full Articles of Association and Byelaws of the Electoral Reform Society.
The Electoral Reform Society (ERS) is an independent campaigning organisation, owned by our members, working to build a better democracy.
We are funded via the generous support of our members and income from our investments. You can support the work of the ERS by becoming a member.
The Society is a membership organisation driven by the commitment of thousands of members and supporters, governed by a Council of up to 15, of which 12 are democratically elected by our members under the Single Transferable Vote.
The Council is the governing body of the Society, with ultimate responsibility for its governance and strategic direction. The Council consists of up to 15 directors, of which 12 are elected by our members every other year and serve for a two-year term. All ERS members (other than members who are under 16, disqualified from serving as a company director, or current members of staff) are allowed to stand for election to the Council.
Members of the Council elect four Officers via the Alternative Vote, (Chair, Vice Chair – Management, Deputy Chair – Campaigns and Research and Treasurer), who each have particular areas of strategic focus.
The Council meets four times a year, working with the Senior Management Team to make decisions on policy, strategy and governance issues. Find out more about our Council.
The Council delegates responsibility for the day-to-day management of the Society to the Chief Executive and Senior Management Team.
Each year the Society publishes an Annual Report