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A new approach to conducting elections: The case for an “information hub”

Election and referendum campaigns are letting voters down but simple measures could restore confidence

By Michela Palese & Alan Renwick  

Photo: Anthony Devlin/PA Archive/PA Images

The conduct of election and referendum campaigns in the UK is letting voters down. Trust in what politicians say—and in how journalists report it—is at rock bottom. All too often, this lack of confidence is well grounded: misinformation and heavy spinning have been rampant in recent contests, most obviously the 2016 vote on Brexit.

Several recent reports—including the Cairncross Review, a Commons Culture Committee inquiry, and a collection of essays by the Electoral Reform Society—have focused on one part of the issue, namely the challenge arising from the…

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