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 Involve's incoming director, taking over from 21st January 2017. Tim has led campaigns and advocacy on open government; advised national, devolved and local governments, civil society organisations and multilateral institutions; and researched and written on topics including public participation, open government, democratic reform, civil society advocacy and public administration.

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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