Automatic re-registration in Britain?

We should have a system of automatic electoral registration in Britain to combat the crisis of millions of people missing off the electoral roll.  That was one of our core messages last week when we sent a report on elections in Britain to the government. Most polling stations turned away would be voters at the…Read more Automatic re-registration in Britain?

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Labour announces good news for British elections?

Voter registration is a problem in the UK.  Approximately one in five citizens are not on the electoral register.  When it is reported that only 65% of registered people voted at the 2010 general election, we forget those people who are not on the register in the first place.The Guardian is today reporting that Labour…Read more Labour announces good news for British elections?

Dangers remain with electoral registration changes: Norwich and Cambridge could be amongst the most affected areas

The government is planning to introduce individual electoral registration (IER) in June 2014.  A new report and data released from the Electoral Commission suggests its implementation still poses a risk for British democracy.My earlier research on the likely effects of IER suggested that this would:improve confidence in elections, butresult in a considerable decline in levels of…Read more Dangers remain with electoral registration changes: Norwich and Cambridge could be amongst the most affected areas

Electoral registration changes hit a set-back: A new way forward

There was bad news for British democracy on Wednesday.  The new system of electoral registration being introduced in Britain next year hit a set-back.Soon, every citizen in Britain will need to register individually and provide key personal identifiers in order to register.  When this was introduced in Northern Ireland there was a significant decline in…Read more Electoral registration changes hit a set-back: A new way forward

Individual electoral registration: a car crash on the horizon for British democracy?

I have been writing and blogging about the individual electoral registration a lot over the past few two years or so.  The legislation has now been passed and we edge nearer and nearer to it becoming a reality.The Democratic Audit have published the latest of my blogs today, which considers the implementation stages of the…Read more Individual electoral registration: a car crash on the horizon for British democracy?