Why isn’t electoral registration fully online?

Are on you on the electoral register?  Can you remember? The UK recently introduced online electoral registration, but there is no mechanism for citizens to check if they are already registered.  The result is an avalanche of duplicate applications for electoral officials as citizens register again 'just in case'. Green Party co-Leader Caroline Lucas MP…Read more Why isn’t electoral registration fully online?

Getting students onto the electoral register

Introducing individual electoral registration into Britain was long predicted to have had an impact on student registration. Previously, they were automatically enrolled by their universities; now they are not, and many have fallen off the electoral roll as a result. But an amendment passed in the Lords this week would let them register at the same time as they enrolled…Read more Getting students onto the electoral register

Returning Officer Payments in Scotland

The Scottish Parliament Select Committee on Local Government and Communities  is undertaking a review of the payments made to Returning Officers for their work at elections. I was asked to give written and oral evidence. Concerns were raised in the media about the amount of money that Returning Officers receive because they are already highly paid…Read more Returning Officer Payments in Scotland

Electoral administration at the 2016 US Presidential election

Electoral administration was a dominant theme in the 2016 US Presidential election campaign.  According to the eventual winner, President-elect Donald Trump, the contest would be rigged against him. After the election a New York Times Editorial pointed towards other problems.....queues at polling stations, however.  This could amount to 'poll taxes by another name'.  I say more…Read more Electoral administration at the 2016 US Presidential election

The US election won’t be rigged – but the system has to be fixed

There are commonly warnings about electoral irregularities in advance of US Presidential elections.  In 2016, however, these warnings are starker than ever before.  I wrote this for The Conversation about whether the decentralised nature of US elections helps or hinders the possibility of things going wrong: Donald Trump’s claims that the US presidential election will…Read more The US election won’t be rigged – but the system has to be fixed