Modernising voting: flexible voting feasibility studies

Introduction

Our research shows people in the UK are generally happy with the current ways of voting in person at elections. But it is important to look at how to keep improving elections, to meet the changing needs of voters and to make voting quicker, more convenient and more accessible.

Many other democracies around the world already offer a range of flexible options for voting. We have looked at how similar options, like advance voting or mobile voting in places like care homes, could work for elections in the UK. 

Our research looked at how these options could be offered within existing systems of electoral administration, keeping the UK’s current paper-based voting with the main day of voting on Thursdays, and keeping current count processes. We focused on the benefits, challenges and workability of various routes for flexible voting.

The information set out here is designed to help inform debate about the future of voting in the UK. Should any flexible voting options be taken forward by a government within the UK, this must be done in a way which is secure, keeps elections free and fair, and is realistically workable and deliverable.   

Delivering flexible voting