'Election turnout in the UK is at an all-time low,' said Alex Folkes, spokesman for the Electoral Reform Society. 'Quite rightly, the government and the Electoral Commission are trying new things in order to try to raise turnout. We want them to pilot voting by the Single Transferable Vote (STV) and see what effect that has.'
'We want to see voting by STV because it would give voters more choice of candidates, fairer outcomes and would end safe seats and so give people more reason to bother to vote.'
'Independent studies in both Scotland and Wales have looked at voting for councils and have concluded that STV is the best method of election. The system is already used in Northern Ireland and elsewhere. We are calling for a trial in England to test its effectiveness.'