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

Welsh Government launch consultation on remote online voting for elections

The Government in Wales has today announced plans to consult on various reforms to the electoral system including the implementation of a remote online voting option in elections. It is argued in the proposals that there is a risk that the traditional pencil and paper method of voting will become an “anachronistic relic” and “divorced … Continue reading Welsh Government launch consultation on remote online voting for elections

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

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