Archive for turnout
Data from November 2012 Police and Crime Commissioner elections...
Overnight counting, electoral fraud and the running of elections: a bounty of Electoral Commission reports
The last few days have been busy ones for the Electoral Commission, with most of the headlines caught by their report into when election counts should take place (overnight or the next day).
Welcome to the latest in our occasional series highlighting interesting findings from academic research. Today – how intention to move home influences turnout in Britain. The finding is from “Geographic Mobility, Social Connections and Voter Turnout” by Keith Dowding, Peter John and Daniel Rubenson (Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties, Vol. 22 No.2, May [...]
From Tunisia, via Benedict Pringle, who explains: The equivalent of the electoral commission decided to restore a giant poster of the former dictator that used to be a landmark of a suburban area of Tunis. Passers-by are astounded and seemingly nervous when they see it in the morning, however, soon their stupefaction shifts to anger [...]
Experts who have studied the link between distance to vote and voting levels have submitted written evidence to Parliament's Political and Constitutional Reform Committee, calling for changes in the law to encourage better location of polling stations.
The Electoral Commission is currently consulting on its performance standards for Returning Officers in Great Britain. Here's my response (with the full consultation document embedded below).
The problem in part is that pretty much everyone involved - politicians, electoral administrators, councillors and the media - have in the past got terribly excited about electoral innovations that come with shiny new technology (especially if you can stick 'e' in front of a word too), whilst much more boring possible ways of raising turnout, such as better poll cards or more polling stations get barely a look in.
Much can be learnt from opinion polls, but a reminder of why not all results should be taken at face value is this: If there were local council elections in your area on May 5th, how likely would you be to vote in them, where 0 means you will definitely not vote, and 10 means [...]
If it is serious about wanting to see higher turnout in elections, the government should trial weekend voting and increasing the number of polling stations so people have less far to travel to vote.
During the 2005-10 Parliament I blogged several times pointing out how the trends in turnout in British elections were more positive than many of the media reports suggested. One reason for this was simply an interest in the gap between the widely accepted clichés in political and media circles about turnout and the reality. The other was [...]