167,000 postal votes rejected at EU referendum and 24,000 ‘lost’ in GE2017

Data published by the Electoral Commission on the 2016 EU referendum and the 2017 UK General Election show that thousands of postal votes were rejected, not received, or lost. In the 2016 EU referendum, 167,392 postal votes were rejected and not included in the final count. 25,656 postal ballots were identified as 'lost' or 'not … Continue reading 167,000 postal votes rejected at EU referendum and 24,000 ‘lost’ in GE2017

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Electoral Commission: 30% don’t vote due to inconvenient voting system

30% of non-voters in the 2017 UK General Election did not vote due to the inconvenience of current voting methods, according to a new report by the Electoral Commission. In their report, Voting in 2017: Understanding public attitudes towards elections and voting, the Electoral Commission found that 19% of non-voters in their survey did not vote … Continue reading Electoral Commission: 30% don’t vote due to inconvenient voting system

The 2017 New Zealand General Election: A Digital Review

By Frank Kibble. The General Election that has just been fought in New Zealand was a deeply captivating and forever-shifting contest. Bill English’s National Party were looking to hold on to power for a fourth term but lost support due to voter fatigue with their supposed failure to deliver on promises. The Labour Party, who … Continue reading The 2017 New Zealand General Election: A Digital Review

Electoral Administrators tell Government to explore electronic counting

The Association of Electoral Administrators (AEA) has called on the UK Government to undertake a "full examination of the benefits of and issues presented by electronic forms of counting" and to "consider suitability for use at other types of elections" in their post-election report published today. The report, entitled It's time for urgent and positive … Continue reading Electoral Administrators tell Government to explore electronic counting

Electoral Commission: Online voter registration has “transformed” access to elections

The move towards online voter registration has "transformed" access to elections in Great Britain and should be implemented in Northern Ireland "as soon as possible" according to the Electoral Commission. Figures released in their report on voter registration in the 2017 UK General Election shows a record number of voters enrolled onto the electoral register … Continue reading Electoral Commission: Online voter registration has “transformed” access to elections

The sn-app general election?

By Areeq Chowdhury. The 2017 snap general election was called to bring about a “strong and stable” government but as we know, this did not quite go to plan with the incumbent Conservative government losing their existing majority. They will now form a minority government with help from the Democratic Unionist Party from Northern Ireland. … Continue reading The sn-app general election?

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

Perspectives: Facebook launches voter advice feature for UK General Election

Facebook has launched a new feature called 'Perspectives' which allows users to compare the policy stances of political parties ahead of the UK General Election. The feature appears as a prompt beneath articles linked to the election and enables users to read about each party's position on issues such as housing, the economy, and education. … Continue reading Perspectives: Facebook launches voter advice feature for UK General Election

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