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 of Association and Byelaws the objects of the Society are:
To secure the adoption of the principle of proportional representation by the method of the single transferable vote (preferential voting with quota counting) in elections in the British Isles and elsewhere for parliaments, provincial, regional and local authorities, other public and semi-public bodies and for officers and governing bodies corporate or unincorporate; and to facilitate development, improvement and mechanisation of the techniques associated therewith;
To advocate and support other measures, not being inconsistent with the above which are conducive to:
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.
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The Society is a membership organisation driven by the commitment of thousands of members and supporters, governed by a Council of 15 who 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 15 directors, elected every other year. All ERS members (other than members who are also members of staff) are allowed to stand for election to Council.
Members of the Council elect five Officers via the Alternative Vote, (Chair, Vice Chair (Management), Treasurer, Deputy Chair (Group Relations) and Deputy Chair (Campaigns and Research), who 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