fair votes

19 May 2017

The Conservatives just pledged to take our democracy back decades

Yesterday Theresa May launched the Conservatives’ manifesto. There was a lot of talk about ‘moving forwards’. But one pledge stuck out as doing the exact opposite. Theresa May has pledged to impose (or in the manifesto’s words , ‘extend’) First Past the Post for Mayoral, Police and Crime Commissioner elections, and – though still to be confirmed – the London Assembly . We won’t mince our words […]
21 Mar 2017

We did it: petition for PR hits 100,000 signatures

We did it. The petition to introduce real Proportional Representation for Westminster has hit its target of 100,000 – with over two weeks to go. Thousands of you shared our blogs, tweets, emails and posts about the petition. And it’s paid off. It had about 50,000 signatures at the start of February, meaning it has surged over the past month to get it over the threshold to go before the Petitions […]
7 Feb 2017

100,000 names for PR: let’s get fair votes on Parliament’s agenda

Sign Petition Four months ago, an electoral reform supporter started a petition on the government’s e-petition site to introduce a proportional voting system for Westminster elections. Today, it has over 60,000 signatures – and is growing by the day. With eight weeks to go, this petition from Makes Votes Matter (and backed by us at the ERS) has a real chance of reaching the 100,000 needed to be […]
2 Feb 2017

Senedd reform and local PR: an exciting week for Welsh democracy

As the political world shifts from its axis in a tumultuous first month of 2017, you’d be forgiven for missing on some other developments in the electoral reform agenda in Wales. Whisper it, but all in all, this has been a remarkable week. Two developments are advancing our cause significantly – and are the culmination of ERS’ long-term campaigns. First, the Cabinet Secretary for Local Government […]
9 Nov 2016

Maine makes history as first state to back fair votes

As the world analyses the result of the US Presidential election, there's one result you might have missed. On Tuesday one state made a symbolic breakthrough: Maine became the first US state to scrap First Past the Post. The northern New England state passed an initiative to introduce 'ranked voting' - the Alternative Vote system that allows people to pick candidates by order of preference. With […]