Electoral Reform Society calls ‘the Lottery Election’


All staff will no doubt be aware that there’s a General Election coming, and the outcome seems to be especially unpredictable.  In a new report form  for the Electoral Reform Society, Professor John Curtice of the University of Strathclyde uses polling data to demonstrate how relatively small shifts in support among the parties can have dramatic effects on the shape of the next Parliament, and therefore the next government.

According to a post on the ERS blog:

some of the outcomes predicted in this report seem so random as to suggest voters would be as well buying a lottery ticket as being handed a ballot paper. As Professor Curtice notes, this is an election where it looks like there will be no relationship between votes cast and seats won.

Read the report (PDF)