The Declaration

The Make Votes Matter Declaration establishes the principles on which a fair voting system in the UK must be based. We invite every person and organisation that agrees with the principles below to sign it and show their support for the electoral reform movement. You will be joining many others, including all the parties, organisations and public figures in the Make Votes Matter Alliance.

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The 2015 General Election was the most disproportionate in UK history. One party needed only 23,000 votes to win a seat, while another needed almost 4 million. And nearly three quarters of the votes (22 million) did not count towards the outcome.

Our voting system is broken. The number of seats a party gets bears little relationship to the votes they receive. And only a minority of voters have the power to affect the outcome of an election, which means most people have no say about who represents them. This must not continue.

Our voting system should ensure:

  • That those who are entitled to vote have a vote that counts, and counts equally – no matter who they vote for, or where they live;
  • That the share of seats a party gets should closely reflect the share of votes the people give them.