The Ballot Act
– July 18th 1872 –
The foundations of electoral reform in the UK lay in the French Revolution in the last years of the 18th Century. This event led to an explosion of ideas and demands of democracy. The ruling classes in the UK were all too aware of what had occurred the other side of the English Channel and had no wish to see it repeated on home soil. The greater concentration of people in towns and cities also led to a faster spread of ideas and discontent.
Electoral reform never happens quickly however. The Reform Act of 1832 led to more people having the…
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