How can the UK encourage more voter participation at general elections ?

Given that there's been a decline in those casting their vote for a number of years and little seems to be changing, how can people be encouraged to vote without resorting to making it compulsory in law as in some countries ?

Asked By: - 12/5/2012
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Might be an idea to look at the hurdles that confront anyone prepared to stand for Parliament... More
Answered By: Elmbeard - 12/6/2012
Additional Answers (11)
£10 voucher on the back of your poll card, redeemable at the polling station.
Answered By: Dr Redthumb - 12/5/2012
Listen to the people and actually govern according to real needs rather than perceived needs.
Answered By: Luc - 12/5/2012
The liars and creeps at Westminster might try keeping their promisses for once, and stop stealing from the taxpayer. Odious creeps, the lot of them.
Answered By: moist_von_lipwig - 12/5/2012
By forming a party which actually has a manifesto which puts the people first and not the rich bankers - rich politicians and corporate enterprise. You have to have a proper opposition party which gives you choice otherwise there is no point in voting. I never vote.
Answered By: MYRTEL - 12/5/2012
Get decent politicians, who won't lie, cheat, or rort the system; politicians who actually do what they were voted in for. Then the people will start to believe their vote can make a difference. I know! It is never going to happen
Answered By: justme - 12/5/2012
Make it compulsory, but have an option on the ballot paper for none of the above. I suspect there are thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of people who just can't be bothered to vote, this would save that problem. We would also get accurate figures for the percentage that don't want any of the candidates.
Answered By: Mac the Knife - 12/6/2012
if you don't vote you get fined say £1,000.00,that will get the lazy bastards out!
Answered By: goonerpomcentral - 12/6/2012
Give the people a party worth voting for,have politicians putting their constituents first and not big business and bankers... More
Answered By: fellbuddy - 12/6/2012
I like the £10 voucher idea.
Answered By: grandad - 12/6/2012
Make it compulsory with a "none of the above" option.
Answered By: Lt Kije - 12/6/2012
I'm not sure that we should be looking to encourage more voter participation per se... More
Answered By: Terrier (UK) - 12/7/2012
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