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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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On Saturday, Australia’s House of Representatives and roughly half of its Senate are up for election, with voters able to reward the Liberal-National Coalition with a fourth term or return Labor to power after nine years in opposition.

British voters may have to wait up to five years for a general election, but, for Australians, the opportunity comes no later than every three. On Saturday 21st...

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Voters’ views warped across England and Wales as First Past the Post holds back elections

Elections happened across the UK yesterday, with polls in Northern Ireland Assembly and local elections for all of Scotland and Wales plus large parts of England.Voters in Northern Irel

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It’s no surprise that councils dominated by one party lack scrutiny - council budgets passed by chambers dominated by the same party that wrote them, scrutiny committees full of the friends of the people being scrutinised.

Elections happened across the UK yesterday, with polls in Northern Ireland Assembly and local elections for all of Scotland and Wales plus large parts of England.Voters in...

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Voters in Northern Ireland and Scotland used fair, proportional electoral systems to elect their representatives, but England and Wales’ the distorting winner-takes-all voting system left many voters without a voice.

Elections happened across the UK yesterday, with polls in Northern Ireland Assembly and local elections for all of Scotland and Wales plus large parts of England.Voters in...

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One vote, two votes, voting for parties, voting for candidates - there is a lot of variety between the German states. Here's how they elect their parliaments.

Fresh off the heels of voters in Germany’s northernmost state of Schleswig-Holstein, this Sunday 15th May it is North-Rhine Westphalia’s turn to elect their state parliament or Landt

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The First Past the Post system used in England and Wales means councils often bear little relation to how people voted. It can take parties that are supported by a minority of the vote and propel them into a big majority.

Elections happened across the UK yesterday, with polls in Northern Ireland Assembly and local elections for all of Scotland and Wales plus large parts of England.Voters in...

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The German states use a wide variety of different electoral systems. With North-Rhine Westphalia’s vote coming up, here is an overview of the systems they will use.

Spoiler: None of them are first past the post.

Fresh off the heels of voters in Germany’s northernmost state of Schleswig-Holstein, this Sunday 15th May it is North-Rhine Westphalia’s turn to elect their state parliament or...

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What would a pro-democracy #QueensSpeech include?

Proportional Representation
Citizen's Assemblies
Government Transparency
Elected House of Lords

What would you include?

Ahead of the speech, a coalition of campaign groups set out its own wish list for strengthening British democracy

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Today, the flaws with First Past the Post, and the benefits of fairer systems for local elections came into sharp relief.

Elections happened across the UK yesterday, with polls in Northern Ireland Assembly and local elections for all of Scotland and Wales plus large parts of England.Voters in Northern Irel

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As results are announced today for councils across Great Britain, we are already starting to see some wildly disproportionate results from England. In Scotland, local councils simply match how people vote – it's time we had the same system in England. Sign the petition here: ers.tools/local-democracy


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Yesterday marked the death of a great British democratic tradition. The next time you head to the polls being registered and giving your name and address will no longer be enough. You will also need to present a form of ID from the government's approved list.

Around two million people could be disenfranchised when new rules come into force

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Planning on voting on the way home? Don't worry if you forgot your polling card, you don't need it to vote. You can find your polling station here:

Find out where to vote on May 5 2022

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If you missed our ERSlive event last week, you can watch the recording on ERS Scotland's facebook page now.


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Professor John Curtice's report emphasises how Scottish council elections held under STV have seen outcomes far more proportional than those seen in Scotland at the last three Westminster elections, held under First Past the Post.

Much talk of the need for electoral reform focuses on Westminster and the goal of a proportionally elected House of Commons. But while the UK Parliament, and almost...

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Competitive local elections have helped to refresh local democracy across Scotland.

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 w

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Following the passing of the Elections Bill, Ministers will now be able to direct the election watchdog’s priorities and control the committee that scrutinises it.

Ministers will now be able to direct the election watchdog’s priorities and control the committee that scrutinises it

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Northern Ireland and Scotland have long used the fair and proportional Single Transferable Vote for their local elections. Councils in Wales can now choose to upgrade their voting system. England needs to catch up

In May 2022, local elections will take place throughout Scotland and Wales, as well as in many parts of England, including the election of all local councillors in Greater London.In...

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Often the make-up of council chambers fails to reflect how people voted - The First Past the Post system throws millions of votes on the scrapheap. It’s time for fair votes in English local government:

In England the electoral system means we often get councils that do not represent what people voted for. Wales has made progress, but England is being left behind.

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Scottish voters have embraced transferable voting, according to Professor John Curtice, one of the UK’s leading pollsters.

A new report by the Electoral Reform Society found 85.8% of valid ballot papers contained at least two choices in the 2017 Scottish local elections. | ITV National News

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The #ElectionsBill, which passed last night, will make it harder to vote for millions, while making it easier for the government to control the Electoral Commission.

It’s a travesty that parliamentarians passed a Bill that erodes our precious democracy.

A pensioner has lost his epic battle against the Tories' plans to force all voters to show ID at polling stations - which campaigners say...

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