Adapting elections to COVID-19: five key questions for decision makers

The global spread of COVID-19 has already profoundly impacted the health and welfare of citizens around the world. Decisions being made about how elections are run during the pandemic will have a further profound effect, shaping the health of democracy in the future. Read my blog with International IDEA about some key questions that policy…Read more Adapting elections to COVID-19: five key questions for decision makers

Is it time for Automatic Voter Registration in the UK?

Automatic electoral registration (AER) has been proposed as policy to increase the number of people on the electoral register in the UK. The perception that automatic registration could significantly boost participation in democracy has led to cross party support including support by the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee in its 2014 report on voter engagement,…Read more Is it time for Automatic Voter Registration in the UK?

Should elections be postponed because of coronavirus?

The global spread of Covid-19 has profoundly impacted the health and welfare of citizens around the world. It has also had a profound effect on elections, with at least 47 countries postponing forthcoming contests. With colleagues at International IDEA, I've written some recent pieces on whether elections should be postponed or whether elections can be…Read more Should elections be postponed because of coronavirus?

Under Pressure: the UK’s Electoral Machinery in the Brexit Referendum

The Brexit referendum was conducted on a stormy day, with heavy downpours of rain across much of the UK. Dark clouds were also circulating over the infrastructure and staff that run elections in the UK, however, as Alistair Clark and I show in a new article in Local Government Studies. We draw from original data…Read more Under Pressure: the UK’s Electoral Machinery in the Brexit Referendum

Is it Time for Automatic Voter Registration in the UK? Call for Views

Automatic electoral registration (AER) has been proposed as policy to increase the number of people on the electoral register in the UK. The perception that automatic registration could significantly boost participation in democracy has led to cross party support including support by the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee in its 2014 report on voter engagement, and…Read more Is it Time for Automatic Voter Registration in the UK? Call for Views

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