Heather Jameson 11 October 2017

Eight out of ten people think elections are well run

Eight out of ten people believe elections are well run and free from fraud, according to research by the Electoral Commission.

A survey by the Commission also found two-thirds of 18-34-year-olds support automatic voter registration.

The report, Voting in 2017, confirmed a higher turnout in nearly all polls particularly among younger voters – but local elections continue to lag behind national election turnouts.

Sir John Holmes, Chair of the Electoral Commission, said: ‘It is good that most people think our elections are safe and well-run. But the Commission takes the risk of electoral fraud very seriously.

‘We have previously recommended the introduction of an ID requirement for voters at polling stations in Great Britain, as has been in operation successfully in Northern Ireland for some years.’

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