The Political and Constitutional Reform Committee have today published a report on “Voter engagement in the UK”, which makes radical recommendations on how to boost turnout in elections. It proposes a wide range of solutions to tackle voter disengagement and the 7.5m voters who are missing from the electoral register, from reform of party finance to online voting and a public holiday on election day. Unlock Democracy gave evidence to the PCRC in January. [2]

Commenting on the publication of the report, Alexandra Runswick, Director of Unlock Democracy, said:

“This report will be invaluable in the fight against voter disengagement. It recognises that low turnout is fundamentally a political, not an administrative problem. It also proposes tough action to cut the numbers of potential voters who have dropped off the electoral register.

The report has many sensible ideas on how to reconnect politicians with the public. However, we cannot support all of its recommendations. The committee’s proposal to make voting a legal requirement just masks the problems of voter disillusionment. Papering over the cracks is not enough; we need fundamental reform.”


Press ReleaseSamuel Ellis