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How can The UK improve voting turnout in elections?

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How can the UK improve turnout? The turnout of the last elections in the UK is critical. Like in all European countries is the turnout low and decreases at each election more. Until now politicians didn't find a solution for this problem. In the following I will list, explain and analyze the usefulness and chance of doing this idea. The turnout at the general election in 2010 increased slightly compared to the general election in 2005 (2005: 61.3 % 2010 65.1 %), but the reason for that was mostly the discontent with the government around Prime Minister Gordon Brown and cannot be seen as a success in the improvement of turnout. But when we are looking on turnout we shouldn't just speak about the general elections. The local elections and in the UK especially the election of the European Parliament are alarming. 2009 turnout in England was 34.8 %. That means that approximately just every third was voting. This little turnout can easily open small extreme parties the way into parliament because supporter of these parties are save voters. ...read more.


Another method could be the E-voting or I-voting. The difference is that E-voting is voting with electronically device and I-voting is voting on the Internet. The E-voting which was already practiced at the general election in Estonia 2011 where the voters could vote by texting is a method which will be used in the future. At the moment is this method not safe enough because it's an easily target for hackers. The same affects the I-voting but it's just a matter of time when this technology will be used for voting. That could actually increase the turnout because people don't have to go to their voting place but can just vote comfortable from the homely sofa. The way how the elections are presented by the media could be improved as well. Then we just take the elections campaign in the United States as an example. Barrack Obama spend 2009 3 million dollars on a 30 seconds spot during the Super Bowl which had over 100 million viewers. For England could such events be the European Championship or TV shows. ...read more.


That is not really good. The number of disqualified votes will be higher if people don't want to vote. Also if people don't know who they should vote they just vote someone random (donkey vote). In countries with compulsory voting systems these votes are one percent of the whole result. Some liberal politicians are thinking that compulsory voting is a breach of the personality freedom. The compulsory voting would definitely increase the turnout but will not be established in our voting system, because it's a breach of personal freedom. In my opinion the best way to make people vote is to change the education in schools and make it more politically. In particular young people should know how much their vote is worth and that they have to use it. There should be a compulsory politics subject from primary school to the end of GCSE which motivate people to vote and explain them why there vote is important and that they can change things with their vote. In my opinion that is the most probable idea, it wouldn't have an immediately effect on the turnout but it would change the turnout at latest in 10 years. ?? ?? ?? ?? 22/01/2012 ...read more.

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