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Future proofing Scottish elections – The Scottish Government consultation on electoral reform

Over the last four years there have been five sets of Scotland-wide elections and two significant referendums, as well as countless by-elections. Now, with no scheduled polls in Scotland until 2021, we have a great opportunity to take stock and identify the challenges and opportunities in ensuring that our electoral structures remain fit for purpose in the 21st Century. Continue reading

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Voting – Go and give it a go!

Michelle, a campaigner for Mencap who has a learning disability, talks about her experience of voting and top tips for getting involved in democracy… Continue reading

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A new law breaks down another barrier to voting

This new change to the law making anonymous registration easier will mean vulnerable people are able to register to vote without compromising their safety, ending a situation which has seen too many people disenfranchised in the past. This new legislation, will help hundreds of people, not least those at risk of domestic violence register to vote anonymously more easily. Being a survivor of abuse should never deprive a person of the right to have their say at elections. Continue reading

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Helping to stop intimidation of Parliamentary candidates

On Wednesday the Committee for Standards in Public Life (CSPL) published its final report following a review of intimidation experienced by Parliamentary candidates at the general election in June 2017. Continue reading

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Are the UK’s elections fit for purpose? We must avoid complacency to stop a perfect storm from forming

On Wednesday night, our Chair, Sir John Holmes, gave a speech to the Institute for Government on the state of the British electoral system. Continue reading

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Responding to the rise of digital campaigning

Bob Posner, Electoral Commission Director of Political Finance and Regulation & Legal Counsel Effective campaigning is, and always has been, an important part of elections and over the last few years we have seen this move more and more into … Continue reading

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To what extent are charities affected by the “Lobbying Act”?

I recently read with interest a blog by the Minister for Civil Society, Tracey Crouch MP suggesting the perceptions about the impact of the “Lobbying Act” are more damaging to charities’ campaigning than the reality. Continue reading

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