The sn-app general election?

By Areeq Chowdhury. The 2017 snap general election was called to bring about a “strong and stable” government but as we know, this did not quite go to plan with the incumbent Conservative government losing their existing majority. They will now form a minority government with help from the Democratic Unionist Party from Northern Ireland. … Continue reading The sn-app general election?

Online voting “necessary” to prevent breach of disabled voters’ human rights

Introducing an online voting option in elections is a "necessary" reform in order to prevent a breach of disabled voters' human rights, according to a new report 'Inclusive Voting' published today. The report, produced by digital democracy think tank, WebRoots Democracy, brings together voices of various UK disability organisations and argues that voters with vision … Continue reading Online voting “necessary” to prevent breach of disabled voters’ human rights

Former head of US military’s cyber command: Online voting is the future

Retired U.S. General, Keith Alexander, who was previously the head of the US National Security Agency (NSA) and head of the American military's cyber command, has warned Canada and other countries around the world to not be deterred from embracing online voting in elections. Speaking at a defence industry trade show in Ottawa, Alexander said … Continue reading Former head of US military’s cyber command: Online voting is the future

Perspectives: Facebook launches voter advice feature for UK General Election

Facebook has launched a new feature called 'Perspectives' which allows users to compare the policy stances of political parties ahead of the UK General Election. The feature appears as a prompt beneath articles linked to the election and enables users to read about each party's position on issues such as housing, the economy, and education. … Continue reading Perspectives: Facebook launches voter advice feature for UK General Election

Mark Zuckerberg calls for online voting in Harvard commencement address

Facebook founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg called for "modernising democracy" with online voting as part of his Harvard University commencement speech this week. Having dropped out of Harvard to pursue his work on Facebook, Zuckerberg was finally awarded his degree and delivered Harvard's 366th commencement speech. As part of his address, he praised idealism and … Continue reading Mark Zuckerberg calls for online voting in Harvard commencement address

WebRoots Democracy and RSBC join forces to call for online voting for vision-impaired voters

Digital democracy think-tank, WebRoots Democracy, and the Royal Society for Blind Children (RSBC) are calling on all political parties to commit to introducing an online voting option in elections to enable a modern, accessible method of voting for people with vision impairments. Research has shown that as many as 69% of vision-impaired voters in the … Continue reading WebRoots Democracy and RSBC join forces to call for online voting for vision-impaired voters

622,000 people register to vote on deadline day with 99% doing so online

On the final day of the voter registration window for the 2017 UK General Election, 622,000 people registered to vote. Of those, 613,000 did so online, compared to just under 10,000 doing so by paper. 246,000 people aged under 25 registered on the final day. Since the snap General Election was called, more than 2.5 … Continue reading 622,000 people register to vote on deadline day with 99% doing so online

Conservatives pledge to “retain the traditional method of voting by pencil and paper”

The Conservative Party have pledged to "retain the traditional method of voting by pencil and paper" in their manifesto for the 2017 General Election as part of their plans to create a "flourishing and secure democracy". Other commitments include plans to legislate for ID checks at polling stations, and to implement first-past-the-post for Mayoral and … Continue reading Conservatives pledge to “retain the traditional method of voting by pencil and paper”

BMG survey: Half of UK’s 18 to 34 year olds support the call for online voting

A new survey undertaken by BMG Research has found that nearly half (49%) of people aged 18 to 34 in the UK support the introduction of online voting in elections and referenda. The survey shows that overall support is at 45%. The survey of 1,630 adults, also found that 31% oppose the introduction of online … Continue reading BMG survey: Half of UK’s 18 to 34 year olds support the call for online voting

Only 14% of young people will ‘definitely vote’ in upcoming General Election

A new survey by Kantar has found that just 14% of young people aged 18 to 24 will 'definitely vote' in the upcoming UK General Election. 57% of this age group said they 'probably' or 'definitely' will not vote. This is compared to 79% of over 65s who said they will definitely vote, alongside 50% … Continue reading Only 14% of young people will ‘definitely vote’ in upcoming General Election