By James Clark. The United States of America has the ingenuity and will power to facilitate voting for astronauts on board the International Space Station as Shane Kimbrough proved most recently participating in the 2016 Presidential election. It seems both remarkable and disappointing that British soldiers, stationed across the globe (but not above it) are … Continue reading Fighting for democracy: Online voting for the Armed Forces?
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
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
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’
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
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
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
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
The UK Government is to pilot schemes in which voters will have to present identification before casting their ballots in elections. Should these be successful, the reform will be rolled out ready for the 2020 General Election. The move follows a report by former Communities Secretary, Sir Eric Pickles, which explored voter fraud. The report … Continue reading Government announce plans to undertake ID checks at polling stations
By Marcus Edwards. The constituency boundary changes are a necessary measure to equalise the number of voters in each constituency. This is a positive step towards a more representative and true democracy. If we are focused however on changing our democracy for the better in time for the 2020 election, then there are many more … Continue reading Constituency boundary changes: A missed opportunity?