Democracy is difficult in the best of times, but when the polity is questioning governance, decision-making and accountability it becomes even harder.
Local authorities have responsibility for running elections and by and large do an excellent job of managing registration, balloting and counting. But more could be done to make our democracy better by taking a few simple, low or no cost steps for more transparent candidate and results data.
Elections Communications for Better Democracy is written for communications, elections and returning officers, but is also important for policy leads and councillors who want to increase voter engagement and accountability and build public trust.
Each year the LGiU celebrates and supports councils undertaking local elections. We have been providing overnight coverage for nearly a decade and once again we’ll be bringing you the story of local government elections. This year we will once again provide:
- guidance for elections communications
- an elections related briefing exclusively for LGiU members Election Time 2019: Issues for local authorities.
- and our Ones To Watch guide to the local election (coming next week).
Want to help us tell the story of the local elections?
We are looking for councillors, candidates and officers who are involved in this May’s local elections. If you are willing to share photos, videos and do a couple of quick telephone interviews before the election and during the count please get in touch with Alice.Buszard@LGiU.org.uk
We also have:
- A guest post from our friends at Democracy Club on how councils can help them support better information for voters. Getting Excited About Better Elections.
- A special edition of the LGiU Fortnightly podcast on reforming elections. Local elections: As ‘fun as Fortnite’.
- And we’ll be bringing you more as the election season continues.
Keep up with all our local elections coverage and support here.