Forget voter ID, let’s boost turnout
A week on from the local elections and everything remains remarkably unchanged. Despite predictions of shocking defeats and electoral upheavals, the reality was a rather lacklustre performance by Labour and the Conservatives, with the Lib Dems the only party with much to celebrate.
Local elections: a snapshot of public opinion?
Paul Wheeler breaks down the local election results.
Jarvis takes Sheffield metro mayor role
Labour MP Dan Jarvis has been elected as the first mayor of the Sheffield City Region – but ministers will be discouraged by the low turnout for such a historic poll.
Voter ID pilots faced teething troubles
Early responses to voter ID pilots across five areas of England suggest councils encountered problems – including long queues to vote and people being turned away from polling stations.
Election results: Tories lose Trafford but hold in London
The Conservative flagship authority in Greater Manchester, Trafford City Council, has been lost to no overall control in an election night which saw a mixed bag for the two main parties.
Gloucestershire leader blasts voter ID
Gloucestershire County Council's Labour group leader has branded voter ID a ‘calculated effort to disenfranchise millions’.
Parties prepare to battle over 150 councils across the country
Voters in England will take to the polls on 3 May, providing local government’s first major test of public opinion since last year’s snap General Election.
The voice of a new generation
Samar Khalil looks at the debate that has divided many - votes at 16 - and outlines why this will be a positive move for the future.
Building trust in democracy
With the local elections taking place today, Dr Jonathan Carr-West says: get the processes right and the results will follow, especially when seeking to ensure faith in the system of democracy
Housing and Brexit: a toxic mix for the Tories on 3 May
Michael Burton asks whether local issues could help the Conservatives salvage some comfort from what could be a car crash election for them next month.
Voter ID plans 'totally unnecessary'
The Government’s plans to make voter ID compulsory during the upcoming local elections are ‘over-bearing and totally unnecessary,’ the Electoral Reform Society has warned today.
Don't take a Gambia on voting!
Diary welcomes the news that The Gambia has re-joined the Commonwealth after almost five years outside the institution.
Tower Hamlets: We're ready for elections
Tower Hamlets LBC is ready for the upcoming mayoral and local elections but chief executive Will Tuckley said he could not promise they will go ahead without any ‘incident’.
Welsh Government proposes lowering voting age for council elections
The Welsh Government has laid out proposals for extending the right to vote in council elections to 16 and 17 year olds.
Voting system could become the silent assassin of chief executives
Paul Wheeler explains how a voting system that is becoming increasingly dangerous for returning officers is set to get even worse.
Elections review: Leader resigns after two officers suspended
Newcastle-under-Lyme BC’s leader has stepped down a week after the council’s chief executive and monitoring officer were suspended following an independent review into issues faced by voters during the General Election this year.
Electoral reforms required to avert future crises, commission says
‘Urgent action’ is needed to minimise the risks to the delivery of well-run elections in the future, an independent commission has stressed.