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You'll be asked to find arguments for or against FPTP and STV (as an example of PR): use these links - FPTP, STV.
This is another very useful site for comparing arguments for/against FPTP.
There are serious issues with voter turnout in the UK; see http://www.ukpolitical.info/Turnout45.htm and http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2012/nov/16/uk-election-turnouts-historic for data on this. The posts Voter Turnout: Uk Democracy in Crisis and Would e-voting Encourage the Young to Vote? also deal with this.The UK uses a variety of voting systems for the various national, European, local and devolved regional elections, a mixture of the crude first-past-the-post (FPTP) and the more complex but (many would argue) fairer proportional representation (PR).
Is our voting system (at least partially) to blame?
Less graphic and more challenging, but also useful, is the Politics.co.uk guide, which includes some history and arguments for/against the competing systems: http://www.politics.co.uk/reference/electoral-reform-and-voting-systems.
The History Learning Site also has a detailed guide on PR: http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/proportional_representation.htm.
We're going to conduct a sample election, counting using both the FPTP system and a simple PR system (no. of votes x 100 divided by number of people in the class).
You can use the links below, as well as your own searches, to help you come up with arguments for/against PR; one issue one vote; electronic voting; postal voting; convenient voting locations; Sunday voting:
PR - see links above.
One issue one vote: see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Single-issue_politics and http://ideas.time.com/2012/09/19/why-im-a-one-issue-voter/ Also consider though: should we have more referenda rather than leaving it to our political 'representatives' to decide how our country runs?
Voting electronically: see http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/10102126, http://www.electronic-vote.org/ or http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electronic_voting.
Postal voting: see http://www.newid-etholiadol.org.uk/article.php?id=44; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Postal_voting or http://www.libdemvoice.org/tag/postal-voting.
Sunday voting proved a major issue in the 2012 US election: see http://articles.latimes.com/2012/nov/04/news/la-pn-early-voting-obama-ohio-20121104 and http://thepamliconews.com/sunday-voting-proposal-draws-both-ire-approval-p1121-73.htm.
You could also consider compulsory voting: see http://geography.about.com/od/politicalgeography/a/compulsoryvote.htm, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compulsory_voting or http://www.experiencefestival.com/compulsory_voting_-_arguments_in_favor_of_compulsory_voting.
You could also look up the Electoral Reform Society's website, or look for articles on the referendum on UK voting reform.