Blockchain and its applications for democracy

By Areeq Chowdhury. In the first of our series of topical seminars, WebRoots Democracy explored blockchain and its applications for democracy. This took place at Newspeak House, a London-based institution for political technologists. Speaking to our audience were Dr David Galindo (Senior Lecturer in Computer Security, University of Birmingham); Dr Sarah Meiklejohn (Reader in Computer … Continue reading Blockchain and its applications for democracy

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Scotland poised to solve ‘beautiful problem’ of online voting

The Scottish Government are to launch a consultation on democratic reform which will include the potential of remote online voting in elections. Speaking at an event at Edinburgh University, Minister for Parliamentary Business, Joe Fitzpatrick MSP called for reform of a voting system "unchanged since Victorian times." The all-day conference, entitled 'Scotland's Democratic Future: Exploring … Continue reading Scotland poised to solve ‘beautiful problem’ of online voting

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

167,000 postal votes rejected at EU referendum and 24,000 ‘lost’ in GE2017

Data published by the Electoral Commission on the 2016 EU referendum and the 2017 UK General Election show that thousands of postal votes were rejected, not received, or lost. In the 2016 EU referendum, 167,392 postal votes were rejected and not included in the final count. 25,656 postal ballots were identified as 'lost' or 'not … Continue reading 167,000 postal votes rejected at EU referendum and 24,000 ‘lost’ in GE2017

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

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