Another study agrees, our electoral system is vulnerable

Stuart Wilkes-Heeg's report “The Purity of Elections in the UK: Causes for Concern” [PDF download] has garnered some decent press coverage. Funded by the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust (who also funded ORG's election observation mission in 2007), it's a good report which covers a broad number of areas in which our electoral system is weak (disclosure: I was interviewed by the report's author for their research).

A leader column in The Guardian, and a BBC News report both give the subjects a good airing. But it's so depressing to hear the same old 'maybe' response from the Government. They let this situation get to it's current appalling state whilst ignoring clear calls from The Electoral Commission and many other independent voices.

A clear, simple individual voter registration system based on diverse photo IDs (not the national ID card) is clearly what's needed — I just don't understand why the Government is running scared from this.