Contemporary context

General election turnout

Participation in general elections has declined since 2001. What can be done to encourage people today to use their hard-won vote?

Lower the voting age?

Today men and women over the age of 18 can vote but should the right to vote be extended further?

Increasing Diversity within Parliament?

Should the make-up of MPs in the House of Commons reflect the diversity within the UK?

Related information

Election and referendum basics

Parliament's Education Service supports young people's understanding of Parliament and democracy. Learn more about elections, referendums and voting systems.