Fair Vote UK Launches ‘Covid-19 and Democracy’ Consultation

02/04/2020 News

Fair Vote UK are launching a “COVID-19 and Democracy” consultation and we want to hear from you!

It is now clear that this crisis is going to seriously disrupt democratic functions across the world. The lockdown makes it impossible for many core components of democracy to continue as they did before.

How does a parliament “sit” if they cannot convene or vote in person? How do citizens continue to exercise their democratic rights if they cannot leave their house?

The UK acted quickly to suspend elections and close Parliament. These, however, cannot be long term solutions if, as some are predicting, lockdown measures have to continue for an extended period of time.

There are examples everywhere of creative solutions to this problem. The Welsh Assembly, for example, has just announced that it will move to video-link debating. Calls are growing for Parliament to do the same.

Now, we want to hear from you:

Fair Vote UK will be compiling a report into democracy and COVID-19 and want to collect ideas from as diverse a range of people and organisations as possible.

What are the challenges highlighted by this crisis and what could be the solutions?

This is the time to think outside the box!

Please take a moment to complete our short questionnaire.

The consultation will end on the 15th of April.