No-deal Brexit: does latest parliamentary vote make it less likely?

No-deal Brexit: does latest parliamentary vote make it less likely? Chris Stafford, University of Nottingham MPs voted on July 18 to back an attempt to stop the UK government from shutting down parliament to push through a no-deal Brexit in late October. Four cabinet ministers abstained and 17 Conservative MPs rebelled over amendments to legislation…

Should the UK call time on fixed-term elections?

Should the UK call time on fixed-term elections? Ben Saunders, University of Southampton The UK is having what might be called a constitutional moment. In the wake of the Scottish referendum and after nearly five years of coalition government, the fundamental rules of the political game are up for negotiation. That includes the unelected House…

European elections government warned voters may be turned away at polling stations

European elections – government was warned voters could be turned away at polling stations Alistair Clark, Newcastle University As polling got underway in the European elections in the UK, stories began to emerge about EU nationals being turned away from polling stations because they were not properly registered. As the day went on, more and…

European elections: voters are being short changed

European elections: voters are being short changed, despite the appearance of choice Matthew Cole, University of Birmingham The 2019 European elections are odd in several ways. Any candidate standing in the UK who wins a place in the European Parliament may not take their seat for long. The country is only a reluctant participant in…

Online Voting Client Case Study

Choice Voting have been working with UCU- The University and College Union (UCU)  to administer a set of 3 elections running concurrently. These elections cover electing the UCU annual Committee members. We caught up with Edward Bailey, the head of campaigns at University College Union to ask him about his reasons for working with Choice Voting.…

Votes for 16-year-olds should be based on wider evidence

Votes for 16-year-olds should be based on wider evidence, not just a need for participation Andrew Mycock, University of Huddersfield and Jonathan Tonge, University of Liverpool The announcement that 16 and 17-year-olds in Wales will be given the right to vote in local council elections comes as part of a wider package of proposals to…

Here’s what would have happened if Brexit vote was weighted by age

Here’s what would have happened if Brexit vote was weighted by age Maja Založnik, University of Oxford Britain’s youngest voters will spend about 60 years living with the consequences of Brexit – even though the majority of them voted Remain. Wouldn’t it be fairer if their vote was worth more than the vote of someone…

Digital voting is a game changer

Digital voting is a game changer but we have to get it right If successful, electronic voting poses a serious threat to the great British queue. Ruth W Steve Schneider, University of Surrey The UK may be taking its first, tentative steps towards introducing online voting with the establishment of a Commission on Digital Democracy.…

Which online tools can really help you decide how to vote?

Which online tools can really help you decide how to vote? Undecided? Have a punt online. Shutterstock political gamble Ben Worthy, Birkbeck, University of London Away from the ground war in the streets and air war in the mainstream media, the 2015 election is, in many ways, an online affair. The parties are spending big…

Scotland eyes a youthquake with online voting

Scotland eyes a youthquake with online voting: here are some tips from past pilots Toby S James, University of East Anglia One achievement for 2017, as the year comes to an end, is that it has added a new word to the English language: youthquake. The idea is that previously silent and apathetic young people…