Why schools are used for polling stations, as well as nativity plays

Christmas arguments may sometimes include debates about whether to watch the Queen’s Speech or not; whether stockings belong on the fireplace or the end of the bed, but they now include whether to relinquish school buildings to serve as polling stations.Education Minister Gavin Williamson started a Christmas-spat with a letter to all local authority chief…Read more Why schools are used for polling stations, as well as nativity plays

Call for Papers: Delivering Trusted Elections, Lisbon, July 2020

Alongside my superstar colleagues Holly Ann Garnett and Carla Luis, we have published a call for papers for our next workshop.  This time we are partnering up with the Carter Center and IFES.  More information here: http://www.electoralmanagement.com/lisbon-july-2020/ Drawing on previous year’s successful workshops, bringing together academics and practitioner on the study of elections and democracy,…Read more Call for Papers: Delivering Trusted Elections, Lisbon, July 2020

The Politics of Election Administration

The politics of electoral administration continues worldwide, with debates about voter identification, electoral registers and more. My first book was published in 2012 on the partisan politics of electoral administration. It focuses on the politics within the UK, USA and Ireland but has broader comparative relevance. If you've not read it already, you can download…Read more The Politics of Election Administration

The new international research agenda studying electoral management

Nearly all countries around the world now hold elections at some level, but the quality of those elections often vary. Although there have been many volumes on the role and effects of electoral systems and other aspects of the election, the process of managing the election is often overlooked. In a special issue of International…Read more The new international research agenda studying electoral management