SHORT DEBATES: GETTING VOTERS TO VOTE

Mr Morrish voiced the widespread concern at the low turn-out of elections. The government was helping local authorities to carry out pilot studies on electronic and easier postal voting. The system of registration was not easy. Were voters apathetic or disengaged from the present party political system? Young people would vote in enormous numbers in television programmes.

A vote was taken on each of the different suggestions for improving the turn-out. None gained a clear majority but over two-thirds of the audience were in favour of compulsory voting as long as the choice included "None of the above".