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?
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
Would elections be better run if they were organised centrally by the state? Or should local electoral officials be given more discretion to accommodate local preferences? This debate has ran most prominently for decades in the US. But there has been little academic research on the topic. I'm therefore pleased to see my article on…Read more Centralising Electoral Management
Yesterday, the voter ID debate took off in Britain. Here are some analysis on the Democratic Audit blog: 'Christmas is a time for tinsel, presents and major policy announcements about British electoral law, it seems. Yesterday, the government announced it would accept many of the policy proposals laid out by Eric Pickles in his report…Read more The Voter ID debate comes to Britain
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 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
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