By Areeq Chowdhury. Today, two out of three people will not turn out to vote in the Local Council and Devolved Mayoral elections taking place across England, Wales, and Scotland. There are many reasons for this, but something that would be sure to help increase participation in future is the introduction of online voting. Our … Continue reading Our democracy is so dated, it’s expired
By Christopher Walsh. With similar legal systems and a wide degree of cultural intelligibility, the UK can look to Ireland for efforts in reforming remote-based voting. In an era of unforeseeable disruption in the polling industry, it is necessary to reinvigorate the minds of the electorate and provide a platform for the contemporary e-voter. This … Continue reading Online voting: Movements in Ireland
By James Clark. The United States of America has the ingenuity and will power to facilitate voting for astronauts on board the International Space Station as Shane Kimbrough proved most recently participating in the 2016 Presidential election. It seems both remarkable and disappointing that British soldiers, stationed across the globe (but not above it) are … Continue reading Fighting for democracy: Online voting for the Armed Forces?
By Areeq Chowdhury. As we move towards building “a democracy that works for everyone”, we cannot afford to overlook the fact that our method of voting is an analogue one. At the same time that more and more people are switching towards a digital by default lifestyle with their method of banking, shopping, dating, and … Continue reading Reimagine elections: Enabling a democracy that works for everyone
By Areeq Chowdhury. Last week, the Government published its long-awaited digital ‘transformation strategy’ which in the words of Cabinet Office Minister, Ben Gummer MP, aims to tackle the ‘disenchantment’ emanating from the ‘frustrations’ of Government services. Ending his foreword, he states that ‘if we succeed, which we must, we will have done much to restore … Continue reading The Government Transformation Strategy is yet another missed opportunity for digitalising democracy
By Marcus Edwards. The constituency boundary changes are a necessary measure to equalise the number of voters in each constituency. This is a positive step towards a more representative and true democracy. If we are focused however on changing our democracy for the better in time for the 2020 election, then there are many more … Continue reading Constituency boundary changes: A missed opportunity?
By Areeq Chowdhury. 2016 witnessed a memorable moment of history for the UK’s capital city when Sadiq Khan was elected the first Muslim Mayor of London. An outsider when he announced his candidacy, Khan managed to defeat his Conservative rival Zac Goldsmith by more than 300,000 votes, gaining the largest personal mandate of any politician … Continue reading London is headed towards democratic dysfunction in 2020
By Areeq Chowdhury. I've finally had the chance to have a read of Eric Pickles' long-awaited review into electoral fraud, and I think I agree with the analysis which describes it as the use of "a sledgehammer to crack a nut." Whilst a lot of the recommended reforms are welcome in the way they strengthen … Continue reading Pickles’ election reforms risk creating further barriers to voting
By Nathalie Hulbert. Young people are being wrongfully underrepresented, and for no good reason. With the EU referendum fast approaching, it would appear that the younger and older generation are becoming increasingly polarised. Opinion polls conducted by the BBC reveal a truth that we already knew. A truth that is evident in the disparity between talking to our parents … Continue reading It’s not what we decide on Thursday that’s worrying me. It’s how.
By Joe Carton. It’s Thursday, 23rd June 2016. 7:00am. Two weeks into the European Championships and four days before the start of Wimbledon. The alarm on your phone rattles the room. Disbelieving, you bury your head in the pillow. It’s still on the ‘Marimba’ jingle. You need to remember to change that. One arm emerges … Continue reading What referendum? How the credibility of British politics pivots on a developing democracy