Single Transferable Vote

19 Apr 2017

Democracy, Diversity and English Devolution

The excitement of the general election aside, it’s important to remember that there are other important elections coming up – ones that have gone largely under the national radar. As well as important local elections in Scotland, Wales and much of England, the first ‘metro-mayors’ will be elected. Six new city-region mayors will be elected with wide-ranging powers over the local economy, […]
17 Feb 2017

Northern Ireland’s voting system allows for a more diverse, open politics

Last year’s Northern Ireland Assembly election saw some fascinating developments. From a 50% increase in women’s representation, to the growth of cross-community parties and some surprise upsets, it was testament to an evolving democracy, under a voting system that allows voters’ diverse views to be represented. For the ERS, it was an opportunity to look at how voters are using Northern Ireland’s […]
6 Apr 2016

Move House for Electoral Reform! Facts behind our April Fools

Whilst the day-to-day effects of First Past the Post for communities around Britain is closer to a tragedy – for one day a year we attempt, along with everyone else, to spread our message using light comedy. Our April Fools Day post in 2015 went with the message of ERS Say Everything Is Fine whilst listing all the ludicrous effects of First Past the Post – an electoral system great for 1 st April […]
29 Mar 2016

The Irish election: How PR can keep the local link

The General Election in Ireland last month was an earthquake in Irish politics. Ireland now has a vastly more diverse political landscape, with the results a reflection of a major decline in party loyalties - and some big changes to politics more generally – something that is happening across much of Europe. With voters supporting an ever wider range of parties – as well as independents - it’s […]
23 Feb 2016

Obvious Route for Australian Senate Reform Ignored

Interest in the Australian political system has been building over the last couple of weeks over a proposal to make some notable reforms to the electoral system for the Senate. Each of Australia’s six States elects 12 senators, regardless of population, and there are two senators for each of the two ‘autonomous territories’ (the Northern Territory and Canberra). Normally half of the Senators are […]
8 Jan 2016

Stay or go, Europe's democratic deficit must be tackled

With a New Year and the holiday season coming to an end, the EU referendum campaign is heating up. But with our membership of European Union being a crucial constitutional issue, there’s one issue that can’t be ignored: democracy. We need a real debate on Britain’s democratic relationship with Europe, beyond simple in/out divides. This is something that can unite both camps. Whether Britain stays […]
27 Jul 2015

Does Proportional Representation break the constituency link?

The constituency link is a vital part of British political life; MPs represent local areas and are directly accountable to those areas for their continued careers. If MPs misbehave their constituents have the power to boot them out, and the fear that this might happen keep MPs on the straight and narrow. It is sometimes argued that there is something special about this link between an MP and […]
17 Jun 2015

Don't let fewer Welsh County Councils mean less democracy for Wales

[ Gallwch ddarllen y blog yma yn y Gymraeg ] Today, Public Services Minister Leighton Andrews announces the new proposed map for Local Authorities in Wales, with plans to reduce the number of County Councils from 22 to 8 or 9. This follows the recent White Paper ‘Power to Local People’ which outlined ways to ensure communities had a say in decisions that affect them. Electoral Reform Society (ERS […]
12 Jun 2015

What is the Scotland Bill?

The Scotland Bill was no surprise when it was announced in the Queens Speech. In the lead up to the Scottish independence referendum vote last September and following a particular cliff-edge poll , unionist parties became very worried that the pro-independence Yes campaign might just do it. Two days before the referendum, the leaders of the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat parties joined […]
24 Jul 2013

European elections: opening up the list

Our guest writers are Jack Blumenau, Andy Eggers, Dominik Hangartner and Simon Hix, from the London School of Economics. The research detailed below was supported by the Electoral Reform Society. A longer version of this article was originally published on the LSE British Politics and Policy blog In the 2013 local elections, the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) had its best national […]