Voter engagement in the UK: follow up - Political and Constitutional Reform Contents

Annex 2: Issues raised in correspondence

The Committee received over one hundred items of correspondence following the publication of its interim Report on voter engagement. Points raised in the correspondence included:


·  Linking registration to jury service creates a disincentive to register


·  People think that Parliament doesn't matter as much as it used to

·  None of the parties represent their views

·  Vote counts for very little

·  There is nothing good to vote for

·  Living in a safe seat

·  Disillusionment with politics

·  First Past the Post voting system disenfranchises huge number of people

·  Lack of any meaningful choice

·  Complacency

·  Dissatisfaction with the political class

·  Politicians do not take into account the wishes of the people

·  Have referendums on individual issues


·  Compulsory voting

·  Requiring some form of qualifications from those standing for public office

·  Providing a financial incentive to vote (eg. a voucher, or discount on council tax)

·  Extending the franchise to foreign nationals that have been resident in the UK for a certain number of years

·  Letting the public vote on individual issues

·  Informing people better about rights to register and vote

·  Removing the 15-year limit on British citizens living overseas participating in UK elections

·  Voting should be compulsory but with the option of abstaining

·  Online voting should be enabled

·  Give the public a way of influencing policy agendas rather than just voting for a manifesto that is already written

·  Give people something to vote for

·  Great engagement of MPs with constituents

·  Proportional representation

·  Include basic politics on the curriculum

·  Make registering to vote pre-requisite to accessing public services

·  Public funding for political parties

·  Make people feel like they matter

·  Enforcing requirement to register to vote

·  Encourage schools to have student councils and run their own elections

·  Take electoral fraud more seriously

·  Ban party politics

·  Have members of the public serve a term in the House of Commons

·  Have option for "none of the above" on ballot papers

·  Reform the House of Lords

·  Reform funding of political parties

·  Greater devolution of power to localities

·  Extend the franchise to 16 and 17 year olds

·  Requiring photo ID at polling stations

·  Politicians need to be honest and truthful

·  Don't allow multiple terms for MPs

·  Whipping system should be abolished so MPs vote on personal conscience

·  Make Election Day a public holiday

·  Automatic registration using publically held data

·  Penalties for not voting (e.g.. not being eligible for a passport, disenfranchisement for future elections)

·  Elections at the weekend

·  Modernise parliamentary procedure

·  Reform party structures

·  Better communication with first time voters

·  Locating polling stations in optimal locations


·  Making voting compulsory would attack the symptoms rather than the cause of low engagement

·  No to compulsory voting, believes in the right not to vote

·  Postal voting and online voting is open to manipulation

·  Not convinced that 16 and 17 year olds are mature enough to vote

·  Online voting can't provide for secrecy of the ballot

·  Making voting compulsory would be an unreasonable imposition

·  Making Election Day a public holiday would be an unfair cost to business

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