When we received the entries for our previous competition (Common of Houses: No Expense Spared) we noticed that most entrants were keen not just to see changes in the rules governing MPs’ expenses but also to see major changes in the way in which Government is actually formed and operates.
We started to think about other aspects of Government policy/ procedures that could do with a creative redesign. If we were to start again, what, and how would designers change the way that politics runs in this country? With the election guaranteed to be coming up in May 2010 there seemed like only one sensible place to start – the vote.
“In a representative democracy, voting commonly implies election: a way for an electorate to select among candidates for office. In politics voting is the method by which the electorate of a democracy appoints representatives in its government.” Voting – Wikipedia
Voting is a bit of a hot topic at the moment, not just because of the forthcoming election but also as ?reform? has become a bit of a political toy in the wake of the MPs’ expense fiasco with each of the main parties trying to outdo each other in the drastic measures they advise are
required to fix the “broken” system. One of these measures being electoral reform, but despite all their chatter, how enthusiastic are the main parties really, to change a system which has served them so well for so long?
Some are happy to stick to the current First past the post system (FPTP) which saw Labour regain power in 2005 despite only being supported by 36% of the nation. Alternatively there is the Single Transferable Vote (STV) but some claim this is too confusing for the public to understand. Surely there is a system in the mix somewhere, one that represents all the votes but which is designed clearly enough that even us simple minded members of the public can understand how it works?
This is where we need you, the creative minds of the UK (and elsewhere). Basically the challenge is to suggest how you would redesign the voting system. This could be through:
1. Redesigning the voting forms for the current system.
2. Designing voting forms for an alternative voting system.
3. Come up with a whole new method of gathering votes altogether.
4. Or a poster encouraging people to actually vote in the first place.
Exactly how this works is up to you. It could be a fold out origami style form, a dating agency style political match-up questionnaire, an explanation poster or it could be a large jar of coloured marbles which get dropped into slots. Any system that you think could work to choose
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