Government will not assess the impact of flooding on the EU referendum turnout

The UK Government will not make an assessment of the impact severe weather conditions had on the EU referendum last year, according to Cabinet Office Minister, Chris Skidmore MP. In response to a parliamentary question by WebRoots Democracy ambassador, Graham Allen MP, raising the occurrence of severe flooding on the day of the EU referendum … Continue reading Government will not assess the impact of flooding on the EU referendum turnout

Low voter turnouts should be a symbol of shame for a ‘leading democracy’

By Areeq Chowdhury. How far must voter turnout fall before it’s considered to be a crisis? The turnouts of 51% and 37% in Copeland and Stoke-on-Trent should be a symbol of shame for a country that is supposed to be a shining light of democracy. It’s highly likely that the conditions brought about by Storm … Continue reading Low voter turnouts should be a symbol of shame for a ‘leading democracy’

John Sawers is correct to highlight security risks, but wrong to warn against online voting adoption

The former head of MI6 has today warned against the adoption of online voting in elections citing fears of 'international cyber warfare'. Speaking to the BBC, Sir John Sawers said: "The more things that go online, the more susceptible you are to cyber attacks. The only trouble is, the younger generation of people expect to be … Continue reading John Sawers is correct to highlight security risks, but wrong to warn against online voting adoption

Voter ID checks are welcome but will do nothing to increase engagement

The UK Government have formally announced plans to pilot ID checks at polling stations across England. Announcing the move, the Minister for the Constitution, Chris Skidmore MP said: "Voting is one of the most important transactions you can make as an individual. In many transactions you need a proof of ID. I'm determined to ensure, when … Continue reading Voter ID checks are welcome but will do nothing to increase engagement

Government announce plans to undertake ID checks at polling stations

The UK Government is to pilot schemes in which voters will have to present identification before casting their ballots in elections. Should these be successful, the reform will be rolled out ready for the 2020 General Election. The move follows a report by former Communities Secretary, Sir Eric Pickles, which explored voter fraud. The report … Continue reading Government announce plans to undertake ID checks at polling stations

Institute for Digital Democracy launched to ‘transform the way voters experience politics’

The Institute for Digital Democracy (IDD) – the first think tank to specifically explore opportunities for the digitalisation of British politics – will launch this Wednesday (12th October) from the House of Commons. Endorsed by a cross-party coalition of policy-makers, the think tank will reveal its research plans along with details of its Advisory Council … Continue reading Institute for Digital Democracy launched to ‘transform the way voters experience politics’

Pickles’ election reforms risk creating further barriers to voting

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