In countries around the world, there have been major problems in the management of elections.
Examples of failures of electoral management include:
- In the 2010 UK general election, there were queues at polling stations leaving citizens unable to vote.
- In the 2011 Canadian federal election it has been estimated that there were 500 serious administrative errors in each Canadian riding
- In the 2013 Kenyan election there were problems with the voting machinery causing a delayed count
Electoral Management Research Network
I am currently co-directing a research network of leading scholars who are working on electoral management. You can find out more on the electoralmanagement.com website that we run. We have recently held workshops with practitioners and researcher from around the world in Oslo and Boston.
Policy Impact on Electoral Management
I think researchers have a duty to try to encourage policy makers to use their research to improve how elections are run. You can find out more about the policy impact that the research has had in this video, filmed by the ESRC, as part of their impact awards series: