Voter Engagement In The UK: Follow Up
HC 938, Sixth Report of Session 2014-15 - Report, Together with Formal Minutes Relating to the Report
- House of Commons - Political and Constitutional Reform Committee
- TSO (The Stationery Office)
Following the Committee's interim report on voter engagement (see below) which was published in November 2014, and the substantial public consultation which ran subsequently, the report 'Voter Engagement In The UK: Follow Up (HC 938)' looks at reengaging the public with elections in the UK.
The Committee's key recommendations are:
That the Government bring forward plans to target those groups - including young people, British citizens living overseas and people with disabilities - who are currently least likely to be registered to vote;
That the Government consider improvements to electoral registration - including making registration automatic, prompting people to register to vote when they access other public services, and registering young people in schools, colleges and universities;
That changes to electoral arrangements - including online voting, registering closer to or on Election Day and holding elections at the weekend - be piloted in the next Parliament with a view to making permanent changes to electoral arrangements ahead of the 2020 general election.
The Committee recognises that the main reasons for low levels of voter engagement are political and serious action needs to be taken by political parties, individual politicians and the Government to engage with the public more effectively, not just with elections but with politics more broadly.
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