Electoral Commission

13 Apr 2017

Deadline Day: Our Voter Registration System Needs An Overhaul

On the evening of the 7 th June last year – just a couple of weeks before the EU referendum – the website to register to vote crashed. Cue havoc, thousands of disappointed and angry people, and then an arbitrary extension of the registration deadline once the site was back up. On the whole, it was a slightly embarrassing affair for the government and Britain’s system of registration. It all fell […]
31 Jan 2017

It turns out voters have faith in democracy. But we can do better

Graphic by the Electoral Commission. This article was first published by Democratic Audit From Donald Trump’s claims of widespread voter fraud in the US, to the government’s plans for voter ID trials in the UK next year, the (often shaky) notion of widespread abuse in our democratic system has been on the agenda this past few months. So it’s interesting to see new research from the Electoral […]
15 Aug 2016

Voter fraud: the nut and the sledgehammer

Last week, the Former Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles, published his report into tackling electoral fraud in the UK. While we should of course take all instances of voter fraud very seriously, this report is like using a sledgehammer to crack a nut. The report was commissioned following the 2015 Tower Hamlets election court judgment, which saw the […]