How voting works in the European Parliament elections for England, Scotland and Wales

Tomorrow, voters in the UK will go to the polls to elect new members of the European Parliament. Unlike most other votes held in England, Wales and Scotland, these elections will use a system called D’Hondt to decide how seats are won. Developed by a Belgian lawyer and mathematician, Victor D’Hondt, it’s one way of […]

Understanding the EU debate

Many people are still saying that they don’t understand what’s at stake in the EU referendum. As part of an independent, not for profit, organisation I have created this guide to explain what the points on each side are. The European Union is a series of international agreements that 28 European countries have made between […]

Ideal Open Policy Team Behaviours: The results are in!

Well, they’ve been in for a while. Back in February, we asked policymakers, and others with an interest in policy making, to vote for the top ten behaviours that policy teams should adopt in order to make open policymaking a reality. About 80 people responded; while this is not a representative sample I do think […]

Nadine Dorries: wrong about voting numbers

Nadine Dorries is getting a lot of airtime for her comment that “more people vote on X Factor and I’m a Celebrity than vote in general elections”. Which is a shame, since it’s utter nonsense. The 2010 series of the X Factor saw 15,448,019 votes cast (source). I’m a Celebrity, which receives similar ratings, doesn’t seem […]

A bit of love for the Living Voters Guide (Washington state)

Via the DO-Wire mailing list, I came across a great little site set up to help voters discuss and learn about the ballot initiatives in the 2011 elections in Washington state. You can take a look here: Your guide to the 2011 Washington Election – The Living Voters Guide. I particularly liked the Wrangl-like “Yes/no” […]

AV and strong leaders

Most of the arguments used so far against AV have been so dubious or downright misleading that it’s a pleasure to come across an argument against based on a description of what democracy is for. Paul Sagar’s review of James Forder‘s The Case against Voting Reform provides an argument against AV based on the political […]

Still can’t decide?

Polling Day is tomorrow and if – like a third of voters – you still haven’t definitively made up your mind how to vote, here are some resources for you to take a look at: Carrie’s roundup of websites that match users’ views to parties’ policies. Find out which party’s opinions are close to yours […]

We need an informed discussion on our voting system

Whatever the outcome on 6th May it looks like electoral reform will be a major issue in the next few years. In fact there’s only one outcome – a working Conservative majority – under which it’s not immediately on the table and if the Liberals increase their vote significantly anyway it’s hard to see how […]

Will voter apathy undermine Cameron’s “big society”?

Amid claims that Conservative strategists have doubts about the resonance of their “big society” theme Henry Irving – PhD student & post grad tutor at Leeds University – finds historical precedents that will both cheer and worry them: “Like his call for a ‘bonfire’ of quangos and depiction of Britain facing a choice between two […]

Last chance to register to vote!

Image via Wikipedia It’s been in the back of my mind since I moved house, but with sorting out the utilities, furniture, decorating and everything else registering to vote didn’t seem like a priority, but now here we are and the deadline to be allowed to vote in the upcoming general election is tomorrow. As […]