In May 2015 millions of people around the country voted in a General Election. This autumn millions of votes will be cast from computers and phones around the UK for reality TV shows. Cinema-goers will also see Suffragette, which tells a story of the women who demanded the right to vote.
Once voting was something that had to be fought and died for – now it is an element of everyday life.
This event will consider how we vote, if this may change, and what such changes will mean for us
The event will offer a mix of informative talks from people who work that the UK Parliament and academics, followed by an audience-led discussion.
• David Evans, Curator at Pontefract and Castleford Museum – on the Pontefract Secret ballot, the first ever time a secret ballot was used in the UK
• David Natzler, Clerk of the House of Commons – on voting in Parliament
• Dr Andrew Mycock, Senior lecturer in Politics, University of Huddersfield – on the future of voting
Each speaker will each give a unique insight into voting and then pose a question for attendees to discuss.
This event has been arranged by the Houses of Parliament’s Outreach Service and Politics and History at the University of Huddersfield.