As the recent UK election has shown, something is very wrong. How is it fair the Conservatives received 36.9% of votes but have 50.9% of the seats? How is it fair the Lib Dems, Green and UKIP received 24.3% of the votes between them but only have 1.6% of the seats?
First Past The Post needs to go and needs to be replaced with a more proportional system, such as Single Transferrable Vote.
With a voter turnout of just over 66% (of registered voters), something also needs to be done to get people to vote. Under a fairer system, people will probably be more likely to use their vote but more would need to be done than that. Other countries such as Australia have mandatory voting with a small fine if you don’t, and honestly I don’t see how that could be a bad idea. If you register to vote, you should use your vote. Especially when it’s incredibly easy to register for a postal vote, so you don’t even have the excuse of not having time to go to a physical polling station, etc.
The topic of lowering the voting age has also come up in recent months, given the Scottish Independence referendum had a minimum voting age of 16. I’ve seen many politicians criticise this and try to claim teenagers aren’t interested in voting, etc. Many teenagers ARE interested in voting, and the ones who aren’t simply won’t use their vote so nothing changes there. Personally, I think the voting age should be lowered to 16 and politics should be part of the national curriculum. I’m sure there any many people out there who may think “well I can’t vote yet, so I’ll just research stuff when I can” and then when they are old enough find themselves struggling to decide who to vote for, etc. Given how important voting and politics is, it should be taught in schools.