15 July is Emmeline Pankhurst's birthday. Her ultimately successful fight for women's voting rights remains one of the most important milestones in changes to the laws governing the electorate in the UK over the last 185 years. Yet the size and shape of the UK electorate has not changed markedly since 1969 when the voting age was reduced from 21 to 18.
Our article looks back at important voting law changes and looks forward to how future changes to voting laws might change the shape of the electorate.
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