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Working to maintain vibrant democracy & keep followers in the loop about all things electoral.
 Joined November 2016    www.electoral-reform.org.uk
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Why are there still hereditary peers in the House of Lords? What might have made sense in 1750 has no place in the 21st century.

The ancient triumvirate of the British constitution – the Monarchy, the Lords and the Commons – is a historical trait whose origins can be traced all the way back to the 11th century

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Throughout the year we have worked to ensure electoral reform and democratic issues were leading headlines.

Each year we write an Annual Report which looks back at our achievements across the last 12 months, and explains how our team have campaigned towards securing our vision for a democracy

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The question prompted by Labour’s plan is not so much why, but why has it taken so long? Writes our director of research, Dr Jess Garland for the Independent.

The question prompted by Labour’s plan is not so much why, but why has it taken so long? Dr Jess Garland writes

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Working in coalitions with other organisations was a big part of our campaign for electoral reform in 2022. Find out more in our annual report.

Each year we write an Annual Report which looks back at our achievements across the last 12 months, and explains how our team have campaigned towards securing our vision for a democracy

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A long-running survey has found that the majority support proportional representation. It's time for every vote to count.

The publication of the latest findings from the long-running British Social Attitudes (BSA) survey this week saw a record-breaking high in public support for electoral reform. Since 1983

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At an event of over 700 electoral professionals held by the Association of Electoral Administrators they said they are still not confident voter ID can be delivered as planned, to the quality voters deserve.

Long before the Elections Act was passed last year, we warned about the issues that implementing photographic voter ID requirements would cause. From ensuring access to the free form of

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The Chair of the Electoral Commission warned ministers that they have "fundamental concerns" about plans to force voters to carry voter ID from next year, warning the plans are neither "workable" nor "secure".

Electoral Commission chair told ministers their plans are not ‘workable’ or ‘secure’. But the government ignored him

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Will American-style queues be coming to British polling stations? Election administrators are worried about the lack of time to prepare for the roll-out of voter ID rules.

In today’s newsletter: Why a purported solution to concerns about voter fraud may create a whole set of new problems instead. An electoral systems expert explains how

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Since February 2022, there has not been a Northern Ireland Assembly, this was triggered by the DUP First Minister Paul Given resigning in protest over the Northern Ireland Protocol.

In 1998, the Good Friday Agreement, also known as the Belfast Agreement, was reached by multi-party consensus to bring an end to the violence in Northern Ireland and establish the curren

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A majority of councils surveyed said they were “very or extremely worried” about successfully delivering Voter ID for the next election, and half of council election officials said the changes would make their jobs “much more difficult”.

All voters in Britain will have to show photo ID to vote from May 2023 - despite fears the 'show your papers' policy could mean thousands are turned...

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Long-awaited details of the government’s voter ID scheme have now finally been released including details of which IDs will be accepted at the polling station.

Long-awaited details of the government’s voter ID scheme have now finally been released including details of which IDs will be accepted at the polling station.With no alternatives for

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Each decade the voter ID scheme will cost £55m on bigger poll cards, £20m on more poll clerks, £9m for the Electoral Commission, £20m on communications, £7m on training and £2m on equipment.

A parliamentary question has revealed yet more details of the government’s expensive scheme to demand ID at polling stations.Luke Pollard MP asked the Department for Levelling Up,

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Residents of Nevada voted to scrap first past the post state-wide. As this is a constitutional amendment, it will have to be confirmed again in 2024 to take effect, but the momentum is clearly with the reformers.

This week’s big electoral story is America’s midterm elections and the failure of the predicted ‘Red Wave’ to materialise. However, an underreported story has been the hi

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"A surge in private donations to political parties has put a small number of super-rich individuals in a position to wield 'substantial influence' over the UK’s political process, a new report has warned"

Growing proportion of party cash coming from wealthy individuals, according to researchers

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Over half of people (51%) want the electoral system changed, while only 44% want to retain the current system.

The publication of the latest findings from the long-running British Social Attitudes (BSA) survey this week saw a record-breaking high in public support for electoral reform. Since 1983

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We have joined with other democracy organisations, Unlock Democracy and Hands of Our Vote, to call for an inquiry into the implementation of the voter ID by the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee.

Long before the Elections Act was passed last year, we warned about the issues that implementing photographic voter ID requirements would cause. From ensuring access to the free...

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By default, every election to the Northern Ireland Assembly has to result in a coalition of the largest unionist and nationalist parties.

In 1998, the Good Friday Agreement, also known as the Belfast Agreement, was reached by multi-party consensus to bring an end to the violence in Northern Ireland and establish the curren

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Australia scrapped first past the post at the start of the 20th century.

Six months after choosing a new federal parliament, voters in the key Australian state of Victoria will be returning to the polling booth this Saturday (26th November), not just in hope

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Long-awaited details of the government’s voter ID scheme have now been released, including details of which IDs will be accepted at the polling station. The list contains plenty of options for older voters, but few for younger voters. electoral-reform.org.uk/...er-voters/


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New data has revealed six in ten Londoners are unaware they will need to bring photo identification with them to vote in the next elections.

Mandatory voter ID is coming to a polling station near you

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