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

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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?

Why are failures of electoral management everywhere?

Examples of errors and incompetence in the organisation of elections can now be readily found in many democracies around the world.  Consider:In the UK 2010 general election, a number of polling stations run out of ballot papers or had queues which meant that citizens were unable to cast their vote.A recent report on the running…Read more Why are failures of electoral management everywhere?

US Supreme Court to further ignite the politics of election administration?

Voting rights rally in New York, 2011The US Supreme Court could today set in motion the process of striking down Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.  This rules that jurisdictions with a history of racial discrimination need to get permission from the federal government before enacting changes to voting procedures.  It was…Read more US Supreme Court to further ignite the politics of election administration?

How could the PCC elections have been better run?

The UK is having its first elections for Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) tomorrow, (Thursday 15th November). Citizens will have the chance to elect an official who will have the powers to:appoint and dismiss chief constablesset out a five-year police and crime plan determine local policing prioritiesTeresa May has claimed that they will 'be a voice…Read more How could the PCC elections have been better run?

Was Tony Blair a great prime minister?

Earlier in the summer, there was some speculation that Tony Blair may yet dramatically return as Prime Minister.When asked by the Evening Standard whether he would want another term he said 'sure'.Some British Prime Ministers have returned to office after leaving power.  These include Lord Palmerston, Benjamin Disraeli, William Gladstone, Lord Salisbury, Stanley Baldwin, Winston Churchill and Harold Wilson.  Most recent leaders,…Read more Was Tony Blair a great prime minister?

Election 2012 shows that problems with US election administration remain

Barack Obama has been re-elected as President of the United States.  Thankfully, there is a winner with a significant margin meaning that there is not a repeat of 2000.  Twelve years ago the result was decided by the US Supreme Court after the controversy over 'hanging chads' and 'butterfly ballots' in Florida.However, had the election…Read more Election 2012 shows that problems with US election administration remain