UK Government launches consultation on access to elections for disabled voters

The UK Government has launched a call for evidence asking for views on how people with disabilities experience registering to vote and voting itself. In partnership with the members of the Cabinet Office Accessibility Working Group, which includes Mencap, Mind, RNIB, Scope, the NHS, the Association of Electoral Administrators, and the Electoral Commission, the Government will … Continue reading UK Government launches consultation on access to elections for disabled voters

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Diaspora Kurds to vote online in Kurdish independence referendum

The Kurdistan Region's Independent High Electoral and Referendum Commission (IHERC) has approved the use of an online voting system for the Kurdish diaspora in the upcoming referendum on independence. Citizens of the Kurdistan Region living abroad will be able to register online through a special website submitting their names and required documentation from September 1st … Continue reading Diaspora Kurds to vote online in Kurdish independence referendum

54% of vision-impaired voters want online voting, according to RNIB

More than half of blind and partially-sighted voters consider new "accessible" methods such as online voting as necessary according to a new report by the Royal National Institute for Blind People (RNIB). The report, Turned Out 2017, calls for the voting system to change to enable vision impaired voters to be in "sole control of … Continue reading 54% of vision-impaired voters want online voting, according to RNIB

Defending our democracy, but denied access to it?

By Rachel Fielden. Whether you agree with British foreign policy or not, it is hard to deny the sheer amount of self-sacrifice, dedication and bravery that goes into the role of being a soldier in our nation's military. Members of the armed forces put their safety before our own to represent and defend the nation … Continue reading Defending our democracy, but denied access to it?

UK Government should pilot online voting for the Armed Forces abroad

An online voting option in elections should be introduced for British military personnel posted overseas, according to a new report 'Military Voting' published today. The report, produced by digital democracy think tank, WebRoots Democracy, brings together voices of election experts and military representatives and outlines how members of the Armed Forces face significant barriers when … Continue reading UK Government should pilot online voting for the Armed Forces abroad

Write-up: Inclusive Voting Panel Discussion

By Maya Fryer. On the 12th of July 2017, WebRoots Democracy held a panel discussion related to their latest report, Inclusive Voting, in Committee Room 15, House of Commons. The panel consisted of Cat Smith MP (Shadow Voter Engagement Minister, Labour); Baroness Sal Brinton (President, Liberal Democrats); Jonathan Bartley (Co-Leader, Green Party); Sian Roberts (Chief Executive, … Continue reading Write-up: Inclusive Voting Panel Discussion

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