Online Voting

Since May 2014, WebRoots Democracy has been leading the campaign for online voting in the UK. Below, you can find some of our reports related to this topic. We will also be updating this page with factsheets and FAQs related to online voting in the coming months.

Military Voting report cover imageMilitary Voting is a report exploring barriers to elections for British military personnel posted overseas. In particular, it focuses on barriers to voter registration, information on elections, and the act of voting.

The report builds upon a policy roundtable held at Newspeak House on 7 July 2017 with various organisations including the Royal British Legion, the Army Families Federation, and the Electoral Commission, as well as existing research and new data.

Publication date: 1 August 2017.

Forewords by Rachel Fielden, Georgia Wild, Tess Woolfenden, Dan Jarvis MBE MP, and Lord Lexden OBE.

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E-Balloting Cover ImageE-Balloting is WebRoots Democracy’s submission to the Knight Review on online voting for industrial action ballots.

Our submission responds to a number of questions outlined by the Review and makes the case for the introduction of an online voting option for trade union ballots.

It has been submitted alongside a copy of our Secure Voting report published in 2016, and sets out six recommendations for the Government and Sir Ken Knight.

Publication date: 13th July 2017.

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Inclusive Voting imageInclusive Voting is a report exploring barriers in elections for voters with vision impairments and disabilities. In particular, it focuses on barriers to voter registration, information on party policies, and the act of voting.

The report builds upon a policy roundtable held at London City Hall on 26 May 2017 with several disability organisations, as well as existing research, and new data.

Publication date: 5th June 2017.

Forewords by Areeq Chowdhury, Baroness Sal Brinton, and Nicky Gavron AM.

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Secure Voting is a report examining the key security challenges facing the implementation of online voting for UK elections, as well as the methods to overcome them.

This report is made up of contributions from global experts and academics in the electronic voting industry and follows the “Viral Voting” report which looked more widely at the benefits and challenges for modernising elections in the UK.

Publication date: 26 January 2016.
This report is also available in Spanish.

Forewords by Areeq Chowdhury; Rt Hon John Bercow MP; Chloe Smith MP; Graham Allen MP; Hannah Bardell MP; and Rt Hon Tom Brake MP.

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Viral Voting is the culmination of over a year’s worth of research looking into the potential of introducing an online voting option in UK elections.

It examines the benefits of online voting, the challenges faced for it’s implementation, and the estimated impact on voter turnout and on elections as we know them.

Publication date: 3 March 2015.

Forewords by Areeq Chowdhury; Graham Allen MP; Chloe Smith MP; Frances O’Grady; Jonathan Birdwell; and Agatka Cienciala.

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