‘The Impact of Individual Electoral Registration on British and Welsh Elections’

The Swansea University Briefing on Tuesday 29 November at the Senedd, Cardiff Bay will look at the impact of Individual Electoral Registration on British and Welsh elections.

Dr Toby James, from Swansea University will discuss the findings of his recent research, funded by theNuffield Foundation and McDougall Trust, on British electoral administration and consider how the proposed changes will affect electoral registration, local government resources and electoral boundaries.

The UK Coalition government proposes fast-tracking the introduction of individual electoral registration and this is one of the most significant changes in electoral law and practice since the 1918 Representation Act.  This briefing identifies the origins, nature and likely consequences of the proposed changes in British elections and electoral politics.

Dr James said: ‘This is one of the most significant changes to election administration since Britain became a democracy.  Election administration is often overlooked, but it has important consequences for participation and confidence in democracy. Individual registration needs to be carefully implemented and public awareness strategies should be carefully considered.’

Dr Toby James is a Lecturer in the Department of Political and Cultural Studies at Swansea University.  His research specialises in electoral law and institutions, political leadership and public policy.  He has published in several international journals and is the author of Elite Statecraft and Election Administration, to be published by Palgrave in 2012 (see: www.tobysjames.com).

The briefing will be chaired by Dr Jonathan Bradbury and hosted by Julie James, AM for Swansea West.  It is organised by Dr Jonathan Bradbury on behalf of the Research Institute of Arts and Humanities (RIAH) and Swansea University. 

The Swansea University Briefing will be held at the Senedd, Cardiff Bay.  The lecture starts at 12.30 pm and lunch is served from 12.15 pm.

If you would like more information or to attend, please contact Helen Baldwin at RIAH, Swansea University at h.baldwin@swansea.ac.uk or telephone: 01792 295190.