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Dr. Alistair Clark cited in All Party Parliamentary Group Report

Research by Newcastle Politics' Dr. Alistair Clark has been cited today in an All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) Report on the crisis in voter registration. Dr. Clark's research has examined various aspects of electoral administration, including the financing of electoral registration and administration, and the extent of difficulties in polling stations. This matters because it goes to the heart of representative democracy; that everyone eligible can vote and all their votes are counted equally. The research finds that increased spending on electoral administration increases the quality of electoral administration, with electoral registration spending particularly important. The biggest problem faced by polling station staff on election day however is voters turning up who have not been properly registered and who have to be turned away. The report recommends strengthening the funding of registration services, and other reforms intended to ease the process at polling stations.

Linked publications:

Clark, A. and James, T. S. (Forthcoming) ‘Poll Workers, Surveys and Bureaucratic Accountability’, in P. Norris & A. Nai (eds.) (2016) Election Watchdogs: Transparency, Accountability and Integrity.
Clark A. Identifying the Determinants of Electoral Integrity and Administration in Advanced Democracies: The Case of Britain. European Political Science Review 2016. In Press.
Clark A. Public Administration and the Integrity of the Electoral Process in British Elections. Public Administration 2015, 93(1), 86-102.
Clark A. Investing in Electoral Management. In: P. Norris, R. Frank & F. Martinez I Coma, ed. Advancing Electoral Integrity. New York, USA: Oxford University Press, 2014, pp.165-188.

published on: 9 March 2016