Thursday 18-12-2014 - 19:02
The Political and Constitutional Reform Committee are undertaking a survey asking the public for their views on how voting should be reformed.
The Committee want to know what changes to the electoral system would be most effective at boosting voter engagement.The Chair of the Committee, Graham Allen MP, on launching the survey said: “Our democracy is facing a crisis if we do not take urgent action to make elections more accessible to the public and convince them that it is worth voting.”
The survey follows the publication of an interim report from the Committee, ‘Voter Engagement in the UK’. The proposals in this report included:
- Extending the franchise to 16 and 17 year olds
- Letting voters cast their vote online
- Making voting compulsory
- Including the option to vote for “none of the above” on the ballot paper
- Being able to register to vote up to and on Election Day
- Holding elections at the weekend, or making Election Day a public holiday
Have your say in how our democratic system should be changes: Complete the survey by January 9th.