Archive for weekend voting
As part of Parliament's deliberations over the Fixed-term Parliaments Bill, this week the House of Lords debated the possibility of moving to weekend voting.
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.
On Wednesday last week Parliament had a Westminster Hall debate on the subject of electoral administration, triggered by Meg Munn, the Labour MP for Sheffield Heeley. Sheffield was one of the areas particularly badly affected by the problems with people queuing to vote at 10pm on polling day, and it was this issue which dominated [...]
In an interview with The Guardian newspaper, Electoral Commission chair Jenny Watson repeated the Commission’s interest in seeing a switch to weekend voting: Flexible election schedules, including opening the polls for entire weekends, should be considered to make the system more relevant to 21st century life, she said. These comments echo strong public support for weekend voting, [...]
The public overwhelmingly backs major changes to the way our electoral system is run according to a new poll commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust. Just under two-thirds of people (65%) agree that, “This country should adopt a new voting system that would give parties seats in Parliament in proportion to their share of votes” [...]
Weekend voting is being promoted by former Lib Dem Chief Executive Chris Rennard as a means of both raising turnout and preserving the tradition of having counts start promptly on the close of polls at a general election.
Cross-posted from The Wardman Wire: Over the last few years a wide range of attempts have been made to raise turnout at elections in the UK. The broad conclusion is very simple: all-postal ballots raise turnout significantly (albeit at the cost of various drawbacks) and nothing else that has been tried does so. E-voting, early voting, [...]
“The consultation paper considers several questions but in particular looks at: Pertinent issues…” Phew, that’s a relief. (Page 3 of the Election Day – Weekend Voting consultation paper if the knowledge that it contains content relevant to its subject hasn’t put you off.)