Government will not assess the impact of flooding on the EU referendum turnout

The UK Government will not make an assessment of the impact severe weather conditions had on the EU referendum last year, according to Cabinet Office Minister, Chris Skidmore MP. In response to a parliamentary question by WebRoots Democracy ambassador, Graham Allen MP, raising the occurrence of severe flooding on the day of the EU referendum … Continue reading Government will not assess the impact of flooding on the EU referendum turnout

Reimagine elections: Enabling a democracy that works for everyone

By Areeq Chowdhury. As we move towards building “a democracy that works for everyone”, we cannot afford to overlook the fact that our method of voting is an analogue one. At the same time that more and more people are switching towards a digital by default lifestyle with their method of banking, shopping, dating, and … Continue reading Reimagine elections: Enabling a democracy that works for everyone

Low voter turnouts should be a symbol of shame for a ‘leading democracy’

By Areeq Chowdhury. How far must voter turnout fall before it’s considered to be a crisis? The turnouts of 51% and 37% in Copeland and Stoke-on-Trent should be a symbol of shame for a country that is supposed to be a shining light of democracy. It’s highly likely that the conditions brought about by Storm … Continue reading Low voter turnouts should be a symbol of shame for a ‘leading democracy’

UK Election Administrators vote 57% in support of online voting option

57% of delegates at the UK's Association of Election Administrators' (AEA) Annual Conference have voted in support of introducing an online voting option in elections. Taking place this week in Brighton, the Conference brings together election administrators from across the UK. Altogether, 64% voted to support online voting in one form or another. The leading … Continue reading UK Election Administrators vote 57% in support of online voting option

REPORT: The Government must focus on political education in schools to tackle the rise of fake news

Teenagers should be taught to critically analyse what they read on the internet to help tackle the rise of ‘fake news’, the Institute for Digital Democracy (IDD) has said in its latest report. The recommendation – made as part of a report to mark the two-year anniversary of the Speaker’s Commission on Digital Democracy - … Continue reading REPORT: The Government must focus on political education in schools to tackle the rise of fake news

John Sawers is correct to highlight security risks, but wrong to warn against online voting adoption

The former head of MI6 has today warned against the adoption of online voting in elections citing fears of 'international cyber warfare'. Speaking to the BBC, Sir John Sawers said: "The more things that go online, the more susceptible you are to cyber attacks. The only trouble is, the younger generation of people expect to be … Continue reading John Sawers is correct to highlight security risks, but wrong to warn against online voting adoption

Voter ID checks are welcome but will do nothing to increase engagement

The UK Government have formally announced plans to pilot ID checks at polling stations across England. Announcing the move, the Minister for the Constitution, Chris Skidmore MP said: "Voting is one of the most important transactions you can make as an individual. In many transactions you need a proof of ID. I'm determined to ensure, when … Continue reading Voter ID checks are welcome but will do nothing to increase engagement