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SOCIETY CALLS FOR STV PILOTS TO BOOST TURNOUT

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The Electoral Reform Society, the independent organisation that has been monitoring and commenting on elections in ...
The Electoral Reform Society, the independent organisation that has been monitoring and commenting on elections in the UK since 1884, has called on the government and the Electoral Commission to pilot PR elections in an effort to boost turnout.

'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.'

'So far, they have tried electronic, telephone, internet text message and all-postal voting, as well as longer hours and voting at weekends. The only trials that have significantly raised turnouts appear to be voting by post.'

'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.'

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