Neha Patil

Make Votes Matter

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Location  Bristol
Area served  United Kingdom
Make Votes Matter
Founded  2015; 2 years ago (2015) London, United Kingdom
Type  Non-governmental organisation
Focus  Democracy, electoral reform, elections
Method  Lobbying, grassroots campaigning, education

Make Votes Matter is a political pressure group based in the United Kingdom which campaigns for proportional representation. It seeks to replace the first-past-the-post voting system with one of proportional representation for elections to the British House of Commons.

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Overview

Make Votes Matter is "the cross-party campaign to introduce Proportional Representation to the House of Commons by 2021, led by democratically-organised activists in a united movement for electoral reform." It advocates the replacement of the first-past-the-post currently used for elections to the House of Commons. Make Votes Matter does not advocate a particular alternative voting system but instead campaigns for one based on the principles established in the Make Votes Matter Declaration. These are that a voting system should ensure:

  • That those who are entitled to vote have a vote that counts, and counts equally – no matter who they vote for, or where they live;
  • That the share of seats a party gets should closely reflect the share of votes the people give them.
  • Activities

    In the weeks following the United Kingdom general election, 2015 a number of online petitions calling for electoral reform emerged, coordinated by individuals and organisations such as the Electoral Reform Society and Unlock Democracy. These petitions received over 477,000 signatures and were delivered to 10 Downing Street by a cross-party group of politicians. Through these petitions, a group of activists formed to continue campaigning for proportional representation.

    In February 2016, Make Votes Matter organised a cross-party summit to discuss how to achieve a reformed voting system attended by politicians including Chuka Umunna and Natalie Bennett.

    In May 2016, the organisation orchestrated an open letter to Leader of the Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn signed by 7 MPs and over 10,000 members of the public, including 2,000 Labour members.

    Make Votes Matter is supported by an alliance of organisations and individuals that have endorsed the 'Make Votes Matter Declaration'. This includes the Green Party of England and Wales, the Liberal Democrats, Plaid Cymru, the Scottish National Party and UKIP as well as Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell, Michael Sheen, Frankie Boyle, the Electoral Reform Society and others.

    References

    Make Votes Matter Wikipedia


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