This paper by Lewis Baston follows up on his previous Constitution Society pamphlet, Electoral Collision Course, published in 2014. The 2014 report dealt with the interaction between two apparently unrelated changes to electoral law. These were the transition to Individual Electoral Registration (IER) which was then underway, and the new mechanism for distributing and designating parliamentary constituencies established under the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Act 2011. Baston warned then that: ‘If the register numbers in December 2015 are inaccurate, the boundary review will contaminate the entire basis of the electoral system.’ In this paper he argues this has duly come to pass.
This paper presents the personal views of the author and not those of The Constitution Society, which publishes it as a contribution to debate on the subject.
See the earlier Lewis Baston pamphlet on this subject here.