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

622,000 people register to vote on deadline day with 99% doing so online

On the final day of the voter registration window for the 2017 UK General Election, 622,000 people registered to vote. Of those, 613,000 did so online, compared to just under 10,000 doing so by paper. 246,000 people aged under 25 registered on the final day. Since the snap General Election was called, more than 2.5 … Continue reading 622,000 people register to vote on deadline day with 99% doing so online

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

Less than 28% of the electorate turn out to vote in 2017 Mayoral Elections

Almost 5 million out of 6.8 million eligible voters did not take part in the new devolved Mayoral Elections which took part across England this week, with turnout as low as 21.3% in Tees Valley. The total turnout for the six Mayoral elections was just 27.7%. Mayoral Elections which took place in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough; … Continue reading Less than 28% of the electorate turn out to vote in 2017 Mayoral Elections

Our democracy is so dated, it’s expired

By Areeq Chowdhury. Today, two out of three people will not turn out to vote in the Local Council and Devolved Mayoral elections taking place across England, Wales, and Scotland. There are many reasons for this, but something that would be sure to help increase participation in future is the introduction of online voting. Our … Continue reading Our democracy is so dated, it’s expired

Fighting for democracy: Online voting for the Armed Forces?

By James Clark. The United States of America has the ingenuity and will power to facilitate voting for astronauts on board the International Space Station as Shane Kimbrough proved most recently participating in the 2016 Presidential election. It seems both remarkable and disappointing that British soldiers, stationed across the globe (but not above it) are … Continue reading Fighting for democracy: Online voting for the Armed Forces?