Online voting: Lessons from Australia’s iVote project

By Areeq Chowdhury. The potential of remote online voting is currently being looked at by both the Scottish and Welsh Governments in the UK, but what can be learned from the experiences of other countries? To find out, WebRoots Democracy organised an event in the House of Commons to explore New South Wales' (NSW) iVote … Continue reading Online voting: Lessons from Australia’s iVote project

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Blockchain-based, online voting pilot undertaken in West Virginia

An online voting pilot has taken place in West Virginia, USA, for military voters and other Americans eligible to cast absentee ballots under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act. Participation was restricted to voters registered in two of the state's 55 counties, Harrison and Monongalia. The trial took place during West Virginia's primary … Continue reading Blockchain-based, online voting pilot undertaken in West Virginia

Scottish Government: E-voting pilots will go ahead

In response to a letter coordinated by WebRoots Democracy, the Scottish Government Minister for Parliamentary Business, Joe Fitzpatrick MSP, reaffirmed their commitment to undertaking pilots of electronic voting. Our letter, co-signed by more than 30 leading academics and charity bosses, called upon the Scottish Government to "stay true to their commitment" to pilot online voting … Continue reading Scottish Government: E-voting pilots will go ahead

Academics and charity bosses write to Scottish Government to back pilots of online voting

More than 30 leading academics and charity bosses have written to the Scottish Government urging them to undertake pilots of online voting for elections. The letter comes as the Scottish Government consults on various electoral reforms including the potential of an online voting option for elections. The group of signatories, led by WebRoots Democracy, set … Continue reading Academics and charity bosses write to Scottish Government to back pilots of online voting

MSP: Online voting will ‘inject a new lease of life’ into Scotland’s democracy

Online voting will 'inject a new lease of life' into democracy argues SNP MSP, Ruth Maguire, during a debate in the Scottish Parliament. The Scottish Government is consulting on the reform, following its commitment to pilot the technology. Speaking in favour of the reform, Maguire said: "We can all agree that democracy works only when … Continue reading MSP: Online voting will ‘inject a new lease of life’ into Scotland’s democracy

The fate of digital democracy is linked to the fate of online voting

By Areeq Chowdhury. What if we could get rid of politicians and simply vote on everything ourselves? Why limit ourselves to referenda on independence movements, and not have referenda on all issues affecting our lives? These are the questions which spur much of the civic tech innovation we see in the UK and across the … Continue reading The fate of digital democracy is linked to the fate of online voting

£3.5m spent towards 14,000 minutes of MPs standing in division lobbies

MPs spent an estimated 14,000 minutes standing in division lobbies during the 2010 - 2015 Parliament, according to analysis by WebRoots Democracy. This equates to almost an entire month, based on a working day of 8 hours. Using the value of MPs' salaries over this period, the cost to the public purse is estimated at … Continue reading £3.5m spent towards 14,000 minutes of MPs standing in division lobbies

Welsh Government announce plans to pilot online voting for elections

The Welsh Government has announced plans to pilot remote online voting in elections. The decision follows a broad public consultation undertaken by the Government and was announced alongside a raft of other democratic reforms including lowering the voting age to 16. It follows a similar commitment by the Scottish Government to trial online voting. These … Continue reading Welsh Government announce plans to pilot online voting for elections

MPs clamour for electronic voting in the House of Commons

Following the vote on the European Union Withdrawal Bill, a number of MPs have called for the UK to introduce electronic voting in Parliament with the Green Party Co-Leader, Caroline Lucas MP, describing the current system as "barmy". The SNP MP for Aberdeen North, Kirsty Blackman, tweeted that the existing lobby system is "archaic" and … Continue reading MPs clamour for electronic voting in the House of Commons

E-voting advocate appointed as the new Minister for electoral reform

The UK Government has appointed Chloe Smith MP as the new Cabinet Office Minister responsible for electoral reform following the Prime Minister's January reshuffle. Her role is also known as the Minister for the Constitution, previously held by Chris Skidmore MP. Smith is a key advocate of piloting remote online voting for elections. Writing for … Continue reading E-voting advocate appointed as the new Minister for electoral reform