#DeniedMyVote trended on Twitter in the UK yesterday, as many people faced problems casting their vote in the European Parliamentary elections. The focus was often on the poll workers who were the bearers of bad news to EU citizens that their name had been crossed off the register - because they had not completed the…Read more The causes of #DeniedMyVote
Having been a Game of Throne addict for past however many years, I couldn't resist using some of the concepts from leadership theory that I've been working on to write a short blog.. Warning: this contains spoilers for Game of Thrones, series eight. Alongside many other aspects of the final series of Game of Thrones,…Read more Game of Thrones and Political Leadership Theory
After nearly a hundred years without serious modification, the Victorian system of electoral registration in Britain was radically reformed by the Coalition government from 2014, as a new online system of electoral registration was introduced. Not only that, registration was switched to be on an individual basis. And you had to provide your national insurance…Read more Good news: automatic re-registration may be on the way
It’s been a chaotic week in Parliament this week following the announcement of a proposed deal between the UK and EU for the UK’s withdrawal. And yet we can expect much more in the weeks ahead of the Commons vote. In advance of this, I noticed that Number Ten Downing Street is placing adverts on…Read more Should Number Ten pay Twitter to promote Brexit?
Last week, I was one of the co-chairs (with Holly Ann Garnett) of the conference on '“Building Better Elections: New Challenges in Electoral Management', held at the Massachusetts Institute for Technology (MIT) in Boston, USA, last week. The workshop considered how elections could be better run during times when electoral officials face major new challenges…Read more The Boston Building Better Elections Workshop
How well run are UK elections? As part of the 2018 Democratic Audit, I look at how well elections are run in the UK, and whether the systems for registering voters and encouraging turnout are operating effectively and fairly. My audit has just been published on the Democratic Audit website. The headlines are that UK elections…Read more An Audit of UK Electoral Integrity – 2018