Blogs tagged with 'Membership Organisations'

Web Content Accessibility

With so much content being produced for the web, are you confident that your messaging is being properly received by your audience across multiple browsers and devices?

With such a high emphasis on web-based content and resources, it is crucial to ensure that there is a guaranteed level of accessibility for each user. Our latest blog post takes a look at Web Content Accessibility Guidelines and their provisions.

The FTN Conference 2014

As this year’s FTN Conference approaches, our latest article takes a look at the role of the FTN, the conference itself, and the work of ERS in this area.


NHS Foundation Trusts and the FTN

Ten years after their creation in early 2004, the number of NHS Foundation Trusts has increased from 10 to over 140. The existence of Foundation Trusts enables localised decision-making, in order to be more responsive to the needs of individual communities.

eSTV and vote counting software

Electronic voting software has demonstrated enormous potential for streamlining the elections process, improving cost-efficiency and offering greater security. 

This week’s article takes a look at electronic voting software, its inherent benefits and risks, and its use within the context of the Single Transferable Vote (STV) system.


The STV system

The Single Transferable Vote is a preferential voting system designed to minimise wasted votes and enable proportional representation.

Gamification and its role in democratic engagement

There has been a great deal of recent discussion concerning methods of encouraging voter participation. These range from community-led events, such as Bite the Ballot’s recent National Voter Registration Day, to the introduction of innovative new strategies. Our latest blog article looks at Gamification, its function within democracy and political initiatives, and current discussions surrounding its potential benefits.

CASE STUDY: The evolution of voting

ERS has been administering ballots for over 100 years; in that time we have seen many changes to voting methods and materials, this week’s blog takes a look at some of the more significant developments. Below is a photo of vote counting at ERS in 1920, using basic paper ballot papers.


As time has moved on, we used our experience and knowledge of election best practice to evolve our ballot papers to become more voter friendly and include increased security measures.

Ballot Paper


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