Delivering flexibility for free and fair elections
The right to vote in a free and fair election is considered one of the cornerstone rights of democracy – a hard-won, lengthy fight for certain groups of society to achieve equality in voting rights. Yet, despite the efforts to achieve this right, the issue of voter turnout in UK elections has been a challenge that has plagued the government for years – particularly since voter turnout peaked at 84% in 1950 and has been steadily declining ever since.
There are a number of elements to consider that contribute to this challenge in recent years; voter fatigue, disillusionment with the political system, a sense of futility among many. Low voter engagement can appear to undermine the legitimacy of the elected party by representing a skewed proportion of society, potentially fuelling further distrust of the political system for certain groups.
Read the paper to learn how current efforts to modernise the voting system and encourage greater turnout at the polls through a more flexible approach to voting, with the support of technology, could help bring the ballot box closer to home.
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