In exchange for that trifling sum, the MoJ is prepared to chance the quality of democratic processes. Increasing candidate deposits may preclude minority parties from standing. Fewer electoral staff will increase the possibility of widespread counting errors, occassionally labelled 'malpractice' in other areas. Polling stations sited for the convenience of voters will be sacrificed, which would marginalise rural and suburban voters, and telephone and email ballots would be available only to those who owned or could afford them.
Coffee House has argued consistently for cuts and efficiency savings and continues to do so, but there have to be limits. Whilst cuts come at a price, limiting participation in elections, and therefore undermining the government’s mandate, is a dangerous innovation.