The future of the Electoral Commission: Have your say!

It’s now been 15 years since the Electoral Commission was established by the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act, and we’ve worked hard to adapt to some pretty substantial changes over that time. Not only has the nature of politics and campaigning shifted during the past 15 years, but there’s also been a change in the way electors expect to engage with the political process.

Now that the high-profile polls of May and June are behind us, we have seized the opportunity to take stock and reflect on what the role of the Commission might or could be in the future.

We have therefore started conducting a full strategic review of what we do, why we do it and how we deliver our work to help us strive to be a world class public sector organisation that innovates and leads. By achieving this, we can ensure that voters continue to have trust and confidence in our electoral processes and our party funding regime for the next 15 years and beyond.

We are considering questions around the future of voting, including what voting could look like in 2020, how we could move toward this and how we can incorporate changes in technology to fit in with the delivery of elections.

We would like to hear from as many of you as possible to get your thoughts on these three specific questions:

  1. Thinking about your engagement with elections, what are your biggest risks, challenges and opportunities?
  2. Thinking about voter’s involvement in elections, what do you think voter’s priorities will be by 2020?
  3. Identify three areas where you think the Electoral Commission should be leading the development of ideas and/or policy in the next five years.

You can provide your answers and thoughts either through our online survey or by sending an email to strategicreview@electoralcommission.org.uk .

The consultation period runs until 2 September 2016. Following this, we’ll be producing a consultation report.  If you have any further comments and questions regarding the strategic review, please contact us on the email address above.

Claire Bassett, Chief Executive

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