Democracy is the idea that everyone should have an equal say in how society is run. But at every election, millions of people are denied that right by our unfair voting system. Only a tiny proportion of people live in "marginal" seats where their vote has a real chance of making a difference to the election. Thanks to the voting system, the seats in Parliament or your local council don't match the way we vote. We have a government elected with just 37% of the vote, but all of the power. That's why we are campaigning for a fairer voting system, so that every vote counts and everyone has a real say in who runs the country. Find out more about our campaigns for fairer votes for Westminster and for local councils in England and Wales below.
The publication of the Tory manifesto brought with it a nasty and unexpected surprise. In the past the Conservatives have repeatedly failed to promise to replace our unfair voting system, but this time they went one step further. Not only did they pledge to keep First Past the Post in parliamentary elections; they also promised to extend this electoral system to the few fairer elections we do have.
In his first speech of the general election campaign Jeremy Corbyn criticised the establishment and their unfair ‘rules’ that he says currently govern politics. Here at Unlock Democracy we have decades of experience fighting for a fairer system that gives power to the people not elites. If Corbyn is serious about fixing the system, then this is what he needs to do.
We want to make votes count at every election. Reforming our voting system shouldn’t stop at Westminster. Here’s why fair votes matter at local elections.
Today the Sunday Times published our joint letter on local electoral reform, calling for local councils to be given the power to choose a fairer voting system for local elections. We've assembled support from across the political spectrum, including three party leaders and figures from each major party, as well as strong support from independents in local government.
Guest blog from James Grindrod, Unlock Democracy London Chair
Fixing London’s broken democracy could have been easily ignored, but Unlock Democracy London is making the candidates for London Mayor listen.
Guest blog by David Gould, Chair of Bristol for Democracy
After a month and a half of US primaries, Donald Trump has by far the most delegates at 673. Ted Cruz is quite far behind on 411 and John Kasich is barely in the picture at 143.
So this means that voters in Republican primaries much prefer Trump, right? Wrong.
Guest blog by Jack Maizels, Unlock Democracy council member
Yesterday The Independent on Sunday reported that “secret” talks are taking place between Labour and the Lib Dems over a possible alliance in 2020 on the issue of voting reform.
On the twelfth day of Christmas, we’d like to look back at some of the fantastic campaigns you helped us make possible in 2015.
In December, up to 1.9m people will be deleted from the voting register.
The way we register to vote is changing. Councils have been transferring everyone from the old voting register to the new one, but they haven’t finished the job. The government originally planned to give councils until December 2016 to re-register the missing voters
After attracting hundreds of people to a rally outside the Houses of Parliament and gaining the online support of thousands who also want electoral reform, the Voting Reform Team is using the downtime that always comes with the summer to plan their future campaigns.