Last week, voters in Utah in the USA took part in ‘one of the largest internet voting experiences’ in US election history as part of the Republican Presidential Caucus, which was won by Senator Ted Cruz.
Almost 90% of voters registered to vote online participated in the caucus, marking an extremely high turnout rate. Voters from all ages chose to vote online from young people to those in their 80s. Participation was strongest amongst voters aged 56 to 65.
US voters abroad were also able to take part more conveniently in the election with Utah Republicans from over 45 different countries taking part including South Africa and Japan. In addition to this, it has been reported that demand to vote online increased on the day of the election itself with thousands calling the Utah GOP and the online voting provider, Smartmatic, seeking to do so.
James Evans, Chairman of the Utah Republican Party stated:
“We are proud to have taken a leading role in election modernisation. By offering online voting, we expanded the number of options citizens have to participate and made voting as convenient as possible. Technology proved key in engaging citizens and bolstering democracy.”
Following the vote, the online voting participants were asked to provide feedback on their experience with 94% of respondents stating that it was a good experience and 97% stating that they would consider voting online in future elections. 82% said they want to see online voting implemented nationwide.
There have been growing calls in America for elections to be modernised, with President Obama recently stating that the US Government is looking into ‘safe, secure, and smart systems’ of online voting.
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