WebRoots Democracy is a youth-led think tank focused on the intersection of technology and democratic participation. We’re aiming to help modernise, enhance, and future-proof democracy in the United Kingdom.

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Write-up: Cost of Voting Report Launch

By Ben Pearson. On November 6th, we held a panel discussion in the House of Commons to launch our latest report: Cost of Voting. The report is the first of its kind, and assesses the potential impact of an online voting system on voter turnout and the public purse. Speaking on the panel, we had … Continue reading Write-up: Cost of Voting Report Launch

Lib Dem Leader, Sir Vince Cable, joins calls for pilots of online voting in the UK

Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Sir Vince Cable MP, has joined calls for the UK Government to pilot online voting in elections following the publication of the WebRoots Democracy Cost of Voting report. Writing on his Facebook page, Sir Vince said: “Our democracy fails when it does not reflect the lives of the people it is … Continue reading Lib Dem Leader, Sir Vince Cable, joins calls for pilots of online voting in the UK

Online voting would raise turnout by 4.7m and cut the cost-per-vote by 26%

A new report, Cost of Voting, published today, calls for the UK Government to pilot online voting in elections finding that it would save £18m per election and boost voter turnout by 4.7m. A survey of 1,680 people commissioned for the report found that voting online would be the most preferred option for voters under the … Continue reading Online voting would raise turnout by 4.7m and cut the cost-per-vote by 26%

Japanese Government Minister calls for online voting in wake of typhoon-hit election

A recent typhoon that swept through Japan during their recent lower house elections has led to renewed calls for the introduction of online voting in the country. According to the Nikkei Asian Review, the typhoon caused widespread disruption on polling day with many voters unable to make it to polling stations as well as making … Continue reading Japanese Government Minister calls for online voting in wake of typhoon-hit election

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