Postal Voting and Turnout Research

Postal voting will not have an appreciable effect on voter turnout at the forthcoming UK General Election, according to a new MORI survey commissioned by the Institute for Citizenship. The survey shows that awareness of how to obtain a postal vote has no effect on those saying they are certain or very likely to vote at the next General Election.

The research shows that over two thirds (69%) of those questioned said they were either certain to vote or likely to vote at the next General Election. When the ease of obtaining a postal vote was explained, the same level (69%) of those questioned said they were certain to vote or very likely to vote.

Jenny Talbot, chief executive of the Institute for Citizenship, noted that, "Turnout at the next General Election is expected to be the lowest in over 50 years. Postal voting has been seen as a vital plank in efforts to reverse the downward trend in voter turnout. These survey results indicate that postal voting alone will not be the answer. Reversing the trend in voter turnout will take a concerted effort on the part of everyone keen to see democracy flourish in the UK."

The survey was carried out by MORI through interviews with 892 British adults aged 18+. The interviews were conducted face to face in respondents' homes in 194 sampling points across Great Britain.