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Thursday, 17 February 2011

40% referendum threshold

In the UK, Conservative peers have pushed the government to accept a 40% turn-out threshold for the forthcoming referendum on electoral reform in the UK. This isn't a bad idea, as constitutional change requires legitimacy. Even with just a 40% turn out, a majority equates to 20% of the total population - meaning 20% is determining constitutional change for 100% of the population. That's hardly democratic.