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Centre for Elections and Representation Studies Electoral Administration Conference

Putting the Voter First: Developments in Electoral Administration

Centre for Elections and Representation Studies
School of Government and Public Policy, University of Strathclyde
The Electoral Commission

12-13 November 2010

Elections are the foundation of functioning, modern democracies. Significant resources are devoted to the study of public participation in elections, party campaigning and electoral outcomes. Yet, one of the key aspects of elections – how they are structured and administered, and the effect of this on the voter – has often been overlooked in electoral research.

The Centre for Elections and Representation Studies (CERS) in the School of Government and Public Policy at the University of Strathclyde and The Electoral Commission hosted a two-day conference focusing on electoral administration and public confidence in elections.

Looking toward the 2011 Scottish Parliament elections and proposed referendum on the UK Parliamentary voting system, the conference examined how developments in electoral administration in Scotland since 2007 could shape the processes and procedures of electoral administration, as well as stabilise and secure public confidence in electoral processes and outcomes.

The conference also drew on experience from the UK and internationally to examine innovations in how voters register and cast their vote and consider whether modernisations in electoral administration can improve security and confidence in the process while still ensuring voters are able to participate confidently and effectively.

Speakers included:

  • Professor Steven Ansolabehere (Harvard)
  • Doctor Sarah Birch (Essex)
  • Professor John Curtice (Strathclyde)
  • Professor Robert Stein (Rice University)