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Our outdated election rules risk the integrity of the vote

The hope is that 12th December remains a legitimate democratic exercise but we cannot be sure of that

By Alan Renwick  

Photo: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/PA Images

Elections must be fought within the confines of robust rules—otherwise, the playing field can be skewed by the unscrupulous. Yet the rules currently in place for elections in the UK are grossly out of date. That an early election has been called without addressing the worst of the problems is damaging to our democracy.

The most obvious weaknesses relate to the regulation of digital campaigning. The last big update of the rules took place in…

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