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    Electing the London Mayor and Police Commissioners in England and Wales: how to use your two votes well

Electing the London Mayor and Police Commissioners in England and Wales: how to use your two votes well

British voters are used to having just one vote. But on 5 May this year a record number of voters in England and Wales will be using a two-vote electoral system to choose the London Mayor and Police Commissioners across the country, many for the first time. Wherever you stand politically, Professor Patrick Dunleavy explains how to use both […]

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    In Scotland, Wales and the London Assembly elections every voter has TWO choices this Thursday. Here’s how to use both votes well

In Scotland, Wales and the London Assembly elections every voter has TWO choices this Thursday. Here’s how to use both votes well

Voters are used to a two-vote electoral system for the Edinburgh Parliament, and the Assemblies in Cardiff and London. But how these systems operate changes a bit every time, with changing party fortunes. And this year some politicians (especially in Scotland) are advising voters to do things that may ‘waste’ one of their votes. Wherever you stand politically, Professor […]

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    Elections 2016: What turnout can we expect in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales?

Elections 2016: What turnout can we expect in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales?

The whole UK will go to the polls on Thursday, with some of the most high profile contests involving the elections of  devolved legislatures in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Here, Kenneth Bunker of the Democratic Dashboard looks at what we might expect turnout to be in the Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales elections tomorrow. 

 With the devolved legislatures of Northern […]

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    The geography of the Brexit vote – what difference will turnout make?

The geography of the Brexit vote – what difference will turnout make?

In their recent analysis, Ron Johnston, Kelvyn Jones and David Manley used a large body of YouGov polling data to explore which social groups are most likely to vote Leave in the upcoming EU Referendum and where they live, producing a clear geography of support for Brexit. Here, they explore how differential turnout rates across those groups could alter […]

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    More female candidates in 2016 is positive, but not the full story

More female candidates in 2016 is positive, but not the full story

The Democratic Dashboard recently launched its data briefing on Gender and the 2016 Elections, looking at the prospects for gender balance in the upcoming Scottish, Welsh, Northern Irish and London elections. Here, Carl Cullinane summarises the report’s key findings. (You can download the briefing here, or get the data here.)

Gender representation in the UK’s elected bodies is one of […]

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    The Welsh Assembly after the elections: housing policy could be an area upon which to build a coalition

The Welsh Assembly after the elections: housing policy could be an area upon which to build a coalition

With the Welsh elections now only days away, the race to the National Assembly is entering its closing stages, writes Steffan Evans. With opinion polls continuing to suggest that no one party will gain sufficient votes to hold a majority in the Senedd, attention is sure to turn to potential coalitions after May the 5th.

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    Five minutes with Sophie Walker: Women, equality, and doing politics differently

Five minutes with Sophie Walker: Women, equality, and doing politics differently

Founded in March 2015, by October the Women’s Equality Party (WEP) had a manifesto and by April 2016 a membership of over 45,000, including registered supporters. In the upcoming elections Sophie Walker, party leader, is running for London Mayor and WEP candidates are standing for the British assemblies. In an interview with editors Artemis Photiadou and Luke Temple, Sophie outlines how WEP […]

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    The Democratic Dashboard: A digital resource for engaging voters

The Democratic Dashboard: A digital resource for engaging voters

In March 2016, Democratic Dashboard 2.0 was launched, a web portal aimed at giving voters in the UK easily accessible information for the elections on May 5th. This was the culmination of several years of work and preparation by Democratic Audit UK, based in the LSE, seeking to engage voters in the increasingly active civic technology field. Carl Cullinane outlines […]

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