Online voting is the 21st century answer to poor voter turnout in the UK

By Areeq Chowdhury. You may have noticed a powerful image making the rounds on social media in the run up to the recent election, and it provides a damning verdict on democracy in the UK. Nope, it’s not of Ed “Hell Yeah” Milibae in Angry Salmond’s pocket, or of a creepily invisible David Cameron making an address outside … Continue reading Online voting is the 21st century answer to poor voter turnout in the UK

Figures reveal thousands of ballots rejected due to voter confusion

Figures compiled from 100 constituencies by WebRoots Democracy have shown that over 4,000 ballots were rejected due to voters accidentally ticking more than one candidate in the 2015 General Election.  In each of these constituencies, votes were rejected and discounted for this reason. The total amount across the 100 constituencies examined is 4,232.  This is based … Continue reading Figures reveal thousands of ballots rejected due to voter confusion

Figures show 7 million using online voter registration, whilst less than a quarter register by paper

Data published by the Government shows that since the introduction of online voter registration last summer, more than 7 million people have registered to vote online with 2 million registering via the traditional paper method. On deadline day for registering, a record 485,012 people registered to vote with 97% of these applications being done online. … Continue reading Figures show 7 million using online voter registration, whilst less than a quarter register by paper

Women are at risk of falling off the electoral register – and out of the political debate

By Councillor Abena Oppong-Asare. As we take the time to recognise and celebrate the achievements of women today, it’s important to recognise the low turnout of women at the last general election. A study carried out by the ‘House of Commons Library at the request of Labour deputy leader Harriet Harman, showed that 9.1 million women … Continue reading Women are at risk of falling off the electoral register – and out of the political debate

Far-right party, Britain First, now has the largest social media presence

In the run up to the 2015 General Election, WebRoots Democracy will be analysing the social media followings of the main political parties and publishing monthly ‘Election by Social Media’ results. This analysis is on the basis of Facebook and Twitter followers and generates a percentage share of followers, where in this case followers equals votes. Below are … Continue reading Far-right party, Britain First, now has the largest social media presence

Election by Social Media

In the run up to the 2015 General Election, WebRoots Democracy will be analysing the social media followings of the main political parties and publishing monthly 'Election by Social Media' results. This analysis is on the basis of Facebook and Twitter followers and generates a percentage share of followers, where in this case followers equals votes. Below are … Continue reading Election by Social Media