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

UK Government should pilot online voting for the Armed Forces abroad

An online voting option in elections should be introduced for British military personnel posted overseas, according to a new report 'Military Voting' published today. The report, produced by digital democracy think tank, WebRoots Democracy, brings together voices of election experts and military representatives and outlines how members of the Armed Forces face significant barriers when … Continue reading UK Government should pilot online voting for the Armed Forces abroad

Welsh Government launch consultation on remote online voting for elections

The Government in Wales has today announced plans to consult on various reforms to the electoral system including the implementation of a remote online voting option in elections. It is argued in the proposals that there is a risk that the traditional pencil and paper method of voting will become an “anachronistic relic” and “divorced … Continue reading Welsh Government launch consultation on remote online voting for elections

Write-up: Inclusive Voting Panel Discussion

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 Write-up: Inclusive Voting Panel Discussion

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

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

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