Jersey considers online voting as survey finds broad support amongst population

Almost two-thirds (63%) of Jersey voters have stated they are more likely to vote if online voting was an option according to the 2017 Jersey Opinions and Lifestyle Survey.

The response from young voters showed an overwhelming level of support for online voting, with 77% of respondents aged 18-34 stating they would be more likely to vote. There was also a great deal of support amongst almost all other age groups with 73% of 35-44 year olds, 68% of 45-54 year olds and 55% of 55-64 year olds also favouring an online voting option.

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The States of Jersey is exploring the potential of online voting for elections.

The survey of over 1,300 people found 63% of respondents in favour of online voting – eclipsing the other options which included ‘postal voting’ (17%) and ‘a longer pre-poll period’ appealing to just 10% of respondents.

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The data suggests the potential for online voting to increase participation from younger voters, as only 28% of 18-34 year olds voted in the 2014 election.

Further details of the survey can be found here.

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