I’m not entirely sure why, but there are two particular misconceptions about Holyrood’s voting system that pop up frequently amongst journalists. AMS isn’t “complex”, and the SNP didn’t break it in 2011 – and you don’t need to be a mathematical genius to understand either of these things.
Panelbase, with these prolific polls you are really spoiling us! The third month in a row with a Panelbase, whilst YouGov and Survation have ended up very quiet.
Scotland’s most prolific pollster, Panelbase, is back back back again. This one follows exactly a month after their last, covering the 1st to the 5th of June.
As lockdown continues to drag interminably on, it’s time for another Ballot Box Briefing. This time, we’ll take a look at something vitally important to our democratic process but often forgotten about – Ballot Access rules.
Apologies for the delay in this full analysis of the third Panelbase poll of the year. Full tables haven’t been available!
A look at a range of different tweaks to the Holyrood Voting System, because it’s Lockdown and everyone is bored!
The SSP thing is a weird YouGov blip, everyone, behave yourselves.
Folk who’ve been following Ballot Box Scotland’s output for a while will have noticed the regular appearance of a hypothetical “Scandinavian Style Electoral System”, most commonly as a projection for Scottish Parliament polls. Giving it the depth of explanation it deserves seemed an obvious topic for the second Ballot Box Briefing.
Much of our lives may be on hold as the globe grapples with the coronavirus pandemic, but in this time of great uncertainty we can at least rely on there being yet another Panelbase poll.
Political parties play a vital role in our democracy. Despite this essential status, parties face a very uneven playing field in terms of funding. An easy solution to this would be to provide a substantial portion of party funding from the public purse. The first of these Ballot Box Briefings takes a look at this thorny issue.