Blogs

  • eSTV and vote counting software

    Electronic voting software has demonstrated enormous potential for streamlining the elections process, improving cost-efficiency and offering greater security. 

    This week’s article takes a look at electronic voting software, its... read more

    2 years 10 months ago by Admin
  • MAGNA CARTA: Codifying a UK Constitution

    The Magna Carta, the first charter to limit the monarchy’s power in England, was issued and signed by King John in 1215. As we approach the 800th anniversary of its signing, this week’s blog takes a look at the importance of this document to... read more

    2 years 11 months ago by Admin
  • CASE STUDY: Record participation in India’s Elections

    Last month was hailed by many observers as the most democratic in history. Elections took place in six countries, encompassing a total electorate of over one billion people. 

    The recent Indian General Election achieved record levels of... read more

    3 years 1 week ago by Admin
  • Televised election debates

    With the European and local elections just around the corner and next year’s parliamentary, local and parish council elections to consider, this week we are blogging about the relatively recent introduction of televised election debates in the... read more

    3 years 4 weeks ago by Admin
  • Social media and paperless governance

    Over the last few months there have been several instances of social media being harnessed by local councils, in order to create more open forums of discussion. This week’s article takes a closer look at these methods, and the potential... read more

    3 years 1 month ago by Admin
  • Gamification and its role in democratic engagement

    There has been a great deal of recent discussion concerning methods of encouraging voter participation. These range from community-led events, such as Bite the Ballot’s recent National Voter Registration Day, to the introduction of innovative... read more

    3 years 1 month ago by Admin
  • LOCAL GOVERNMENT: The AEA Conference 2014

    ERS were proud to support The Association of Electoral Administrators (AEA) by exhibiting once again at its annual conference earlier this month, at the Hilton Hotel in Blackpool. The conference has always been an extremely popular event,... read more

    3 years 2 months ago by Admin
  • LOCAL GOVERNMENT: National Voter Registration Day 5th February 2014

    Popular involvement in politics is a key topic of discussion among the general public; the perceived political apathy among sections of the electorate, and methods of addressing this issue, are areas of intense debate.

    Our latest Case... read more

    3 years 3 months ago by Admin
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    3 years 3 months ago by Admin
  • CASE STUDY: The evolution of voting

    ERS has been administering ballots for over 100 years; in that time we have seen many changes to voting methods and materials, this week’s blog takes a look at some of the more significant developments. Below is a photo of vote counting at ERS... read more

    3 years 4 months ago by Admin
  • LOCAL GOVERNMENT: digital democracy

    John Bercow, the UK House of Commons Speaker, recently launched an independent commission to look into Digital Democracy in the UK. Tasked to explore ways to modernise the democratic process, it will consider methods to increase engagement and... read more

    3 years 5 months ago by Admin
  • LOCAL GOVERNMENT: Modern.gov at the ADSO conference

    This week one of our subsidiary companies, modern.gov, will be attending the Association of Democratic Services Officers (ADSO) conference as Main Association and Conference Sponsor. The conference takes place on 21st November 2013 at... read more

    3 years 6 months ago by Admin
  • LOCAL GOVERNMENT: Younger voters

    This week, we are taking a closer look at a subject we touched on in our recent article about UK General Elections; younger voters. Increasing political engagement is an important part of our work to enrich democratic governance here at... read more

    3 years 10 months ago by Admin
  • LOCAL GOVERNMENT: The move to open data

    Data security and open data are topics which have recently received a lot of media attention. Working with personal data is something we do every day at Electoral Reform Services and data security is something we take incredibly seriously.... read more

    3 years 10 months ago by Admin
  • LOCAL GOVERNMENT: Community referendums

    As well as Government elections there are times when a single issue will require the public’s opinion in the form of a ballot or referendum.

    The Government’s Localism Act 2011 sought to give more power to local authorities in decision... read more

    3 years 10 months ago by Admin
  • LOCAL GOVERNMENT: General elections 2015

    As the UK’s leading independent ballot supervisor and expert, Electoral Reform Services fulfils a major role in UK governmental elections and this will also be true of the forthcoming general election in 2015.

    When Parliament is... read more

    3 years 12 months ago by Admin
  • LOCAL GOVERNMENT: Paperless Governance

    Historically, paper has been a huge part of our business at Electoral Reform Services – indeed it still is!

    However with all the technology available in 2013, a significant and growing part of our work is now carried out electronically... read more

    4 years 1 week ago by Admin
  • LOCAL GOVERNMENT: Individual Electoral Registration

    Election management is our core business at ERS. This is a service we provide for a diverse range of clients and we independently administer over 2000 projects a year!

    The Election Acts of 2001 and 2006 changed the electoral landscape... read more

    4 years 1 week ago by Admin
  • LOCAL GOVERNMENT: Elections

    With County Council elections and a smaller number of Mayoral elections taking place across the country this month, it seems opportune to discuss how the ERS group fits in with local government democracy.

    ERS is the leading provider of... read more

    4 years 3 weeks ago by Admin