Mackay urges voters to have their say on electoral reform

Renfrewshire North & West MSP Derek Mackay is urging locals to have their say on how we elect MSPs and Councillors.

 The consultation, launched today by the Scottish Government, also asks for the public’s opinions on accessibility of anonymous registration, votes for non-EU citizens resident in Scotland and moves to make elected office more accessible.

The Electoral Reform Consultation will seek views on the duration of a parliamentary term, who is in charge of the voting process and opinions on electronic voting.

 SNP MSP Derek Mackay said:

“For over 100 years our voting systems have remained broadly unchanged. Now we have electronic counting for Council elections, it seems a good time to think about modernising our whole system. Is it the time to introduce electronic voting? Could this make voting more inclusive and increase turnout?

“Scotland has led the way internationally by lowering the voting age to 16. Something I very proud of. We now seek to extend the opportunity to vote to all who are legally resident in Scotland. It seems only fair that those who have the right to live here, whether from EU countries or elsewhere, have the right to vote.

“I urge you to have your say in the consultation, and give your views on the systems we use.”

The consultation can be found at: https://consult.gov.scot/elections/electoral-reform/

 

14 replies
  1. ronald anderson
    ronald anderson says:

    The D’hondt system was foisted on the Scottish devolved Assembly to ensure there was no overall majority ( ie ) no SNP majority . The SNP should now bring forward a bill to establish a FPTP system & remove the confusion of D’hondt & STV until we gain Independence . The list system is abomination of the democratic system having Unelectable people sitting in the Scottish Parliament . The two tier system of Electoral Registration should be removed only Public List of electors & the Postal Registration allows for abuse , in conclusion there should be a root and branch overhaul of the Electoral System .

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    • doug Gill
      doug Gill says:

      fptp is being abandoned all over the planet as it works so badly . Instead we should increase the integrity of the candidates @ selection process not just of party but at constituency . We also need an increased awareness in statutory legislation which both the United Nations and USA federal system encourage . We want accountable politicians first not as an extra bonus ..Re Trumps visit in the last week of feb ,fits in with the bigger picture , just as Mr Zaid Hussan United nations commissioner pointing out earlier this week ,that those who had Knowledge and failed to act are equally guilty . That said the firstr work day after the anniversary of United Nations Envoy ,addressing the Elected 16 th dec ,several years ago.

      Have non of our politicians actually studied standard grade modern studies and its emphasis on Constitutions and Statutory deadlines . If any one has perhaps they could urgently give a crash course to Ms Cherry and Ms Sturgeon ,both embroiling themselves in April’s ” Manhattan meetings ” ,clearly to prolonged disastrous affect .

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  2. lynn sim
    lynn sim says:

    we need to take back control of our voting system. only have Scots count any future independence referendum. stop using the English (tory) owned company or allowing them access to our referendum.

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    • doug Gill
      doug Gill says:

      Silly paranoid point ,next thing you will only want people born in a country to have a vote . We dont want the Euro and its collapsing unaccountable trade block. Have you never wondered why Greece is not moaning about last Aprils “bail out ” still not being paid and its the last third of december ?

      Answer that and you can see why Nicola and Jo Cherry are terrified about calling for an Inquiry into how so many business websites got damaged .

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    • doug
      doug says:

      pretty racist if not fascist comment lynn . As a third of the voters in Scotland voted Tory ,your stance just becomes more embarrassing to anyone upholding democracy ,does it not ?

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  3. david adam
    david adam says:

    this list system has to go it is an utter shambles people not voted in voting against the country they purport to represent

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  4. Fiona Tavendale
    Fiona Tavendale says:

    Absolutely 1st past the post, we only want democratically elected people. Set up our own electoral counting mechanism by Scotland for Scotland. For Indy Ref 2 – European Invigilators, no postal votes, counts done at the electoral voting station immediately after the voting ends and the figures communicated securely to count head quarters – could also be done electronically – mobile phone / email – have to be registered in Scotland and on the electoral roll – need to ensure that the electronic side is tamper proof. Have exit polls and make sure they are widely publicised and in the event of a query regarding the vote make sure the original papers are available and can be traced back to polling station and the person who completed that vote.

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  5. colin mackay
    colin mackay says:

    SHe is possibly in a worse position than most since document after document enters the Bermuda triangle that is her office and nothing comes out .

    If we indeed have serious cybernat crime reports is the withholding of them not going to seriously affect the 27 other states we suggest we “share with ” to eliminate and eradicate such problems ? Ditto the rafts of accountants firms all with grounded profitable airline’s bizarrely connected to just one small Eu budget airport …..

    This failure to get foi’s answered https://stv.tv/news/politics/1392781-civil-servants-ordered-to-pass-journalist-s-foi-requests-to-snp-advisers/and https://nujscotland.org.uk/2017/06/01/journalists-join-forces-to-condemn-scottish-government-handling-of-foi-requests/clearly show a sickening trend in her inability to govern ,whether it is teacher numbers or growing the economy , Which many from Geneva ,Silicon Valley and Boston are stating she has trashed ! To get an overview of what has occurred we have to wade back 16 years and look at the enticements labours three top donors were given , in conjunction with the hundreds of trade union /pension funds which answered the call to link in to a not yet opened Accom providor . Now 5that is a mystery , well to all who have not seen the email they were responding to …….

    Sturgeons fishy goose is cooked , burnt crisp ,black n dry already and no delays putting a cherry on the cake is going to make this offering of a feast palatable can anyone help her in realising this . ?

    Most constituency office appear unable to realise that their job is not to endlessly interrogate suspect non resident constituents but to Forward these concerns on to the correct office .!

    This occurs in Sweden ,Canada ,Australia ,ireland and the USA so i can only imagine a paragraph has been omitted at the printers and non of our superior self classified msp’s have even thought to “compare and contrast” with other constitutional

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  6. doug
    doug says:

    The swiss have no elected politicians ,just a weekly vote on a Friday having raised and promoted the pro’s n coms of each matter in the press and media . THEN THE PEOPLE VOTE. Now that is democracy and it runs efficiently and economically. Not an expense claim in sight .

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  7. doug
    doug says:

    ive said same thing on derek mackays consultation page at least 3 times and he (or his webman ) keep taking them down. Obviously we must not tax our finance minister with such things as the truth. If he could compare the 2013 gers figures with the 2014 then astronomic 2015 ,he and his blind parrot could see glaring anomalies and test this by Region to see he is NOT in the inner circle of SNP corruption ,just the fall guy.

    However he still gets the 35 year stat sentence for damaging the www . ! WAKEY ,WAKEY DEREK.

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