UK signs up to the Tallinn Declaration on eGovernment

The UK Government, alongside countries in the EU and the European Free Trade Area, has signed up to the Tallinn Declaration on eGovernment. The declaration commits the UK to 'digital evolution' and the 'digital transformation' of public services. Government Minister, Caroline Nokes MP, signed the declaration behalf of the UK. The document states that parties … Continue reading UK signs up to the Tallinn Declaration on eGovernment

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Facebook to put an end to so-called political ‘dark ads’

In a statement published today Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, outlined a series of steps the social media platform are going to take to 'protect the integrity of the democratic process.' As part of this, he announced that they will make transparent who is paying for adverts on Facebook and highlight what adverts are being run … Continue reading Facebook to put an end to so-called political ‘dark ads’

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

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

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?