New Parliamentary report gives a very gently nudge forward to weekend voting. … Read the full post »
Should polling day be moved from weekdays to weekends? And would it raise turnout if it was moved? Read my posts about weekend voting to find out more.
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 »
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 »
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 … 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 »
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” … Read the full post »
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. … Read the full post »
Over the last few years a wide range of attempts have been made to raise turnout at elections in the UK. … Read the full post »
“The consultation paper considers several questions but in particular looks at … Pertinent issues.” Phew. … Read the full post »