Should postal ballots for elections be the norm

As a result of recent elections everywhere I’m inclined to think we here should change the way we cast our vote.

I’m  not referring to the actual voting system, although I do want all elections to be conducted under proportional representation but, moving away from voting in person on a specific day.

The recent elections in the USA allow votes to be cast in advance and in person for days running up to the actual polling day. They also allow lots of “mail in” ballots – postal votes. In many cases they had to change local election laws to enable this. This used the pandemic to make this change but are now trying to make this more permanent. In California for example election officials mailed every registered voter a ballot in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus at the polls. People didn’t have to ask for one, they were sent one by default.

Here in the UK you have to apply for a postal or proxy vote in advance of the election. Perhaps we should consider just sending one out by default. Yes, there would be extra administrative work in checking the validity of ballots and that cost would have to be met.

An election in which every voter received a ballot in advance could present all parties with a larger electorate from which to draw votes.

About Stuart Smith

Live on the East Coast of Scotland with views of the Isle of May and Bass Rock out my window. Retired and giving up political activity gradually as no-one locally is interested.
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