Voter engagement in the UK - Political and Constitutional Reform Contents

Annex 1: Terms of reference

On 16 January 2014 the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee agreed to inquire into voter engagement in the UK, and called for evidence on the following questions.

Reasons for and impact of low voter engagement

·  What are the main factors that have contributed to low voter turnout in recent UK elections?

·  What are the main factors that affect voter registration?

·  To what extent does the public's perception of MPs, Parliament, the Government and events such as Prime Minister's questions affect voter registration and turnout?

·  What role does the media play in this context?

·  What socioeconomic factors affect registration and turnout and what, if anything, can we learn from this about how to improve voter registration and turnout?

·  What are the costs to society of low voter registration and turnout?

Improving voter turnout

·  What are the principal ways in which voter registration and turnout could be improved?

·  What lessons can be learnt from other countries where voter registration and turnout is higher?

·  To what extent could electoral reform, rebuilding political parties or changes to party funding improve public engagement and voter turnout?

·  In what ways could new technologies be used to encourage people to vote?

·  What would be the advantages and disadvantages of allowing voters to register on the day of an election?

·  How can arrangements for British citizens living abroad to register for and vote in elections in the UK be improved?

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