New Parliamentary report gives a very gently nudge forward to weekend voting. … Read the full post »
Jenny Watson was Chief Executive of the Electoral Commission, the independent elections regulator in Britain, 2009-2016.
The Electoral Commission has been forced to make an embarrassing apology after allowing an extremist party to use a slogan featuring murdered soldier Lee Rigby. … Read the full post »
Here’s the new film from the Electoral Commission. It’s exciting. … Read the full post »
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). … Read the full post »
A limit on the maximum number of people eligible to vote at a polling station has been imposed by the Electoral Commission under the powers given to its Chief Executive, Jenny Watson, to run the AV referendum in May. Under the law for referendums, Jenny Watson is the Chief Counting Officer and thereby able to … Read the full post »
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. … Read the full post »
The Electoral Commission has published the results of its third survey of reports of electoral fraud and other malpractice, this time covering the 2010 general and local elections and for the first time including data for every police force. … Read the full post »
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. … Read the full post »
The Electoral Commission is plugging a gap in the record of political donations following a decision to change its policy on retaining copies of constituency candidate expense returns. … Read the full post »
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, … Read the full post »