Electoral Commission: 30% don’t vote due to inconvenient voting system

30% of non-voters in the 2017 UK General Election did not vote due to the inconvenience of current voting methods, according to a new report by the Electoral Commission. In their report, Voting in 2017: Understanding public attitudes towards elections and voting, the Electoral Commission found that 19% of non-voters in their survey did not vote … Continue reading Electoral Commission: 30% don’t vote due to inconvenient voting system

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UK signs up to the Tallinn Declaration on eGovernment

The UK Government, alongside countries in the EU and the European Free Trade Area, has signed up to the Tallinn Declaration on eGovernment. The declaration commits the UK to 'digital evolution' and the 'digital transformation' of public services. Government Minister, Caroline Nokes MP, signed the declaration behalf of the UK. The document states that parties … Continue reading UK signs up to the Tallinn Declaration on eGovernment

The 2017 New Zealand General Election: A Digital Review

By Frank Kibble. The General Election that has just been fought in New Zealand was a deeply captivating and forever-shifting contest. Bill English’s National Party were looking to hold on to power for a fourth term but lost support due to voter fatigue with their supposed failure to deliver on promises. The Labour Party, who … Continue reading The 2017 New Zealand General Election: A Digital Review

My time interning at WebRoots Democracy

By Rachel Fielden. There is a scene in the famous TV show Gilmore Girls in which one of the main characters, Rory Gilmore, cries on the bathroom floor to her friends about the impending doom she feels about finishing university. “It’s like I am standing on this cliff looking out into this huge foggy abyss”. … Continue reading My time interning at WebRoots Democracy

Facebook to put an end to so-called political ‘dark ads’

In a statement published today Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, outlined a series of steps the social media platform are going to take to 'protect the integrity of the democratic process.' As part of this, he announced that they will make transparent who is paying for adverts on Facebook and highlight what adverts are being run … Continue reading Facebook to put an end to so-called political ‘dark ads’

La Repartija to Democracia Digital: The Story of Digital Democracy in Peru

By Frank Kibble. The discussion about digital democracy often focuses on how technology can transform the way people are engaged with politics here in Britain or in other strongly developed countries. We forget that for us, democracy is thoroughly entrenched in society from voter to parliamentarian. In other parts of the world where democracy is … Continue reading La Repartija to Democracia Digital: The Story of Digital Democracy in Peru

UK Government launches consultation on access to elections for disabled voters

The UK Government has launched a call for evidence asking for views on how people with disabilities experience registering to vote and voting itself. In partnership with the members of the Cabinet Office Accessibility Working Group, which includes Mencap, Mind, RNIB, Scope, the NHS, the Association of Electoral Administrators, and the Electoral Commission, the Government will … Continue reading UK Government launches consultation on access to elections for disabled voters

Diaspora Kurds to vote online in Kurdish independence referendum

The Kurdistan Region's Independent High Electoral and Referendum Commission (IHERC) has approved the use of an online voting system for the Kurdish diaspora in the upcoming referendum on independence. Citizens of the Kurdistan Region living abroad will be able to register online through a special website submitting their names and required documentation from September 1st … Continue reading Diaspora Kurds to vote online in Kurdish independence referendum

Electoral Administrators tell Government to explore electronic counting

The Association of Electoral Administrators (AEA) has called on the UK Government to undertake a "full examination of the benefits of and issues presented by electronic forms of counting" and to "consider suitability for use at other types of elections" in their post-election report published today. The report, entitled It's time for urgent and positive … Continue reading Electoral Administrators tell Government to explore electronic counting

54% of vision-impaired voters want online voting, according to RNIB

More than half of blind and partially-sighted voters consider new "accessible" methods such as online voting as necessary according to a new report by the Royal National Institute for Blind People (RNIB). The report, Turned Out 2017, calls for the voting system to change to enable vision impaired voters to be in "sole control of … Continue reading 54% of vision-impaired voters want online voting, according to RNIB