Turnout at yesterday’s local elections is estimated to be about 32 per cent, the lowest for twelve years. The danger is that this may further encourage demands to make it easier to vote. We have already introduced procedures to make it easier to cast ballots, not least through postal voting on demand. Though measures are being taken to prevent fraud, I am not persuaded these are enough and, in any event, I am not sure that making it easier to vote tackles the problem it is designed to address. There is little evidence that non-voting is a result of the procedures for voting. If people felt sufficiently motivated to vote, they would vote. The answer lies with the behaviour and policies of politicians, not with structures and procedures.