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 … Continue reading Jersey considers online voting as survey finds broad support amongst population

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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

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

Write-up: Cost of Voting Report Launch

By Ben Pearson. On November 6th, we held a panel discussion in the House of Commons to launch our latest report: Cost of Voting. The report is the first of its kind, and assesses the potential impact of an online voting system on voter turnout and the public purse. Speaking on the panel, we had … Continue reading Write-up: Cost of Voting Report Launch

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

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

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

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