National Voter Registration Drive: A reminder that millions are missing from the electoral register

There is a voter registration crisis in Britain, argue Toby James and Oliver Sidorczuk. [caption id="attachment_2171" align="alignright" width="300"] ballot boxes[/caption]The Labour Party have recently collected data estimating that 800,000 people have dropped off the electoral register following changes to the way that citizens register to vote. If that figure is…

Votes for 16 year olds: the case for

Last September 16 and 17 year olds were given the right to vote in Scotland’s historic constitutional moment.  Now is the time for the rest of the UK to follow suit and extend the electoral franchise in order to reconnect youngsters with representative democracy, argues University of East Anglia Student…

Incumbency matters in government formation

Chris Hanretty considers how the Fixed Term Parliament Act affects the government formation process after general elections. Suppose that the forecasts are right, and that the Conservatives will be the largest party in the next parliament, but that parties opposed to the Conservatives will have a majorityplurality. If you want specific…