Electoral law is out of date. Some of the laws that govern our democracy go back as far as 1872 and don’t work for a digital age.

These laws are at the heart of trust and confidence in politics. It’s vital they’re right today and the future. 

We’re calling on the UK’s governments to reform electoral law and make it simpler, up-to-date and future proof.

Latest developments

The Elections Act 2022 and its associated secondary legislation have substantially increased the size of the UK’s body of electoral law.

The UK’s Law Commissions have already provided a blueprint for reform of electoral law that’s widely supported by people who run, regulate and campaign at elections.

The House of Commons Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee (PACAC) also highlighted the clear need for electoral law to be consolidated and simplified

The Committee on Standards in Public Life also support the case for consolidating and simplifying electoral law.

The UK’s governments should now prioritise the time and resources needed to create meaningful improvement.