Published on November 14, 2014

Reforms needed to re-engage public with politics and elections – Political and Constitutional Reform Committee

People & participation

By Tim Hughes

Tim is director of Involve. He took over leadership of the organisation in January 2017, having previously led Involve’s open government programme and the UK Open Government Network (OGN).

The Political and Constitutional Reform Committee has launched a report and a public consultation on reforms to the voting system to re-engage British people with politics and elections. The Committee is inviting views on a range of proposals, including making voting compulsory, extending the franchise to 16 and 17 year olds, and greater decentralisation and devolution.

“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 … We are asking the public to seriously consider the proposals we put forward in our report and give us their views on what would work – what would engage you? What would make it easier for you to get out and vote? And care about voting? – so we can put forward the best recommendations in a final report ahead of the 2015 general election.” – Graham Allen MP, Chair of the Committee

Find out more and respond to the consultation via the link below.

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