Electoral reform consultation

The Scottish Government is consulting on electoral reform. They say

The Scottish Government is committed to ensuring access to democratic participation for all citizens. The way we vote in elections has remained unchanged for over 100 years. Modernisation takes place across all aspects of society and now is a good time to think about the kinds of innovation people in Scotland would like to see in elections.

Have your say on how the nuts and bolts of Scotland’s democracy should work at https://consult.gov.scot/elections/electoral-reform. If you are unable to respond online, please complete a Respondent Information Form and send it to:
Electoral Reform Consultation Elections Team
Area 2 West
St Andrew’s House
Regent Road

This consultation closes on 12 March 2018.

In the consultation paper, the Scottish Government writes about:

  1. How Often Elections Should be Held
    1. Term lengths
  2. Who Runs Elections and How They Are Run
    1. The electoral landscape
    2. Role of Returning Officers at Scottish Parliament elections
    3. Local government election ballot papers: candidates’ addresses
    4. Local government election ballot papers: list order of candidates’ names
    5. Electronic voting
    6. Boundary reviews
  3. Who Can Register and Vote
    1. Extending the franchise
    2. Anonymous registration
    3. Should electors be able to vote more than once at a local government election?
  4. Accessibility of Voting and Elected Office
    1. Increasing the representation of under-represented groups and making voting more accessible
    2. Improving gender balance in elected office.

There is very little mention of community council elections in this document, but this consultation may be of interest to anyone who votes in any Scottish election.