The UK Government has rejected the request from a number disability charities and voters with disabilities to pilot an online voting option in elections. Following last year's consultation 'Access to Elections', the Government has published their response to how elections can be made accessible for voters with disabilities and vision impairments. The consultation notes the … Continue reading Government: Disabled voters too ‘vulnerable’ to be trusted with online voting despite popular demand
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
By Maya Fryer. On the 12th of July 2017, WebRoots Democracy held a panel discussion related to their latest report, Inclusive Voting, in Committee Room 15, House of Commons. The panel consisted of Cat Smith MP (Shadow Voter Engagement Minister, Labour); Baroness Sal Brinton (President, Liberal Democrats); Jonathan Bartley (Co-Leader, Green Party); Sian Roberts (Chief Executive, … Continue reading Inclusive Voting: Panel Discussion
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
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
by Nathalie Hulbert. #ineedonlinevotingbecause Constitutionally, the Government are not obliged to call another General Election until 2020. According to Theresa May, the British public "do not have an appetite" for one. That being said, I am of the opinion that just about anything could happen. Few of us predicted that by July 2016 Britain would no longer be … Continue reading Why are we still disabling Democracy?
The UK Prime Minister, David Cameron has said in a live interview that he doesn't have any objection to online voting. Whilst taking part in Sky News' #AskTheLeaders event this week, the Prime Minister and Leader of the Conservative Party was asked about his views on online voting and votes for 16 and 17 year … Continue reading David Cameron says he has ‘no objection’ to online voting
By Victoria Richards. There is a belief, at least in democratic societies, that every individual has a right, and the responsibility, to vote and participate within the civic/political arena. We base our political assumption on the idea that everyone has the right to have their voice heard and that everybody has something to contribute to … Continue reading Votes for All: Ensuring the ‘right to vote’ for disabled citizens