Individual Electoral Registration

20 Sep 2016

5 simple ways to improve how we do democracy

It seems like the distant past now, but in the few weeks up to the registration deadline for the EU referendum, more than 1.35 million people applied to register. On the day of the deadline, 525,000 people applied to register to vote. And then, when the website crashed around midnight and the government extended the deadline to register, 400,000 applied to vote. All big numbers. The thing is, a […]
7 Jun 2016

It's time to talk about automatic voter registration

Today is the deadline to register to vote in the EU referendum. In most of Europe, that concept would be considered strange. Every election we see the same thing: a huge rush to register to vote a day or two before the deadline. And it will be no less the case today. On Friday alone, 186,000 people applied to register to vote online, according to government data . That compares with the usual 10- […]
5 Feb 2016

Time for a Registration Revolution

Today is National Voter Registration day, launched by our friends at Bite the Ballot . Voter registration is an integral part of our democracy. If you’re not registered you can’t vote. Electoral boundaries are now also drawn based on the register , meaning under registration could lead to distortions in the boundaries. In December 2015 Britain finished the biggest change to electoral registration […]
3 Dec 2015

Moving the goal posts

For many households, this Monday began with children’s squeals of excitement as they opened the first day of their advent calendar. Less noticeable will have been the democratic significance of December 1st. Monday marked the cut-off point for getting on the final electoral register being used for the redrawing of parliamentary constituency boundaries. This will ultimately decide how many MPs an […]
15 Feb 2013

There are millions more renters, let’s give them a voice

Pete Jefferys, Shelter Policy Team In the Shelter policy team we spend a lot of time thinking about how to get renting up the political agenda. Four in ten of the people who come to Shelter for housing advice rent privately and the number of renters is increasing rapidly as more and more families find themselves unable to buy a home. There are now more than 9m renters in England – which ought to […]
7 Nov 2011

Voter Registration: We’re winning

Some good news for a change as the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee’s new report shows we’re making progress on getting Individual Electoral Registration (IER) right. The Society has been working closely with the UK Government, all political parties, electoral registration officers and civil society to suggest changes to the Bill to help prevent as many as 10 million voters falling […]
19 Oct 2011

A cross-party call for a considered approach to Voter Registration

Yesterday the Electoral Reform Society held a roundtable event at the House of Commons to discuss Individual Electoral Registration (IER) with a wide range of experts and special interest groups. This was a unique first gathering of those involved in instigating and implementing the changes and those representing groups who will be most affected by them. Attendees included the Electoral […]
11 Oct 2011

The Missing Millions

It was described last week as the “ the biggest political scandal you’ve never heard of ” and was touted at Labour conference as “ a very British Coup ”. Yes, in case you haven’t guessed it - we’re talking about Voter Registration. There’s been a lot said about the government’s bid to implement Individual Voter Registration (IVR) in recent days, and so we thought take the opportunity to focus on […]