The Constitution Unit


Electoral Systems in the UK

Though we often think of the electoral system in the UK as entirely unchanging, this is in fact far from true. Whereas in 1995, when the Constitution Unit was founded, only voters in Northern Ireland faced any electoral system other than first past the post, today, voters in Northern Ireland are unique in the UK in having to cope with only one electoral system besides first past the post. And, while a move away from first past the post for Westminster elections appears very unlikely in the short term, there are factors that could change that.

Dr Alan Renwick is currently researching electoral systems and electoral reform debates in the UK on several fronts: