Friday, 30 October 2009

Fewer Polling Stations Closing Earlier

The latest crazy ideas from government in an action plan drafted by the Ministry of Justice for the Treasury (for the Treasury, of course, says it all) are proposals to reduce the number of polling stations and to cut voting hours. Quite how this squares with the oft expressed wish to increase democratic engagement and encourage more people to vote is a matter for conjecture.

What is obvious is that older people, and people in remote areas of the country, will find it more and more difficult to cast their votes in person.

In addition, of course, it is not exactly a green measure to encourage people who may, for understandable reasons, want to vote in person to undertake longer and longer car journeys to get to polling stations.

One more reason (as if such were needed) that this government should go and go quickly.

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