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

BMG survey: Half of UK’s 18 to 34 year olds support the call for online voting

A new survey undertaken by BMG Research has found that nearly half (49%) of people aged 18 to 34 in the UK support the introduction of online voting in elections and referenda. The survey shows that overall support is at 45%. The survey of 1,630 adults, also found that 31% oppose the introduction of online … Continue reading BMG survey: Half of UK’s 18 to 34 year olds support the call for online voting

Only 14% of young people will ‘definitely vote’ in upcoming General Election

A new survey by Kantar has found that just 14% of young people aged 18 to 24 will 'definitely vote' in the upcoming UK General Election. 57% of this age group said they 'probably' or 'definitely' will not vote. This is compared to 79% of over 65s who said they will definitely vote, alongside 50% … Continue reading Only 14% of young people will ‘definitely vote’ in upcoming General Election

Less than 28% of the electorate turn out to vote in 2017 Mayoral Elections

Almost 5 million out of 6.8 million eligible voters did not take part in the new devolved Mayoral Elections which took part across England this week, with turnout as low as 21.3% in Tees Valley. The total turnout for the six Mayoral elections was just 27.7%. Mayoral Elections which took place in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough; … Continue reading Less than 28% of the electorate turn out to vote in 2017 Mayoral Elections

Our democracy is so dated, it’s expired

By Areeq Chowdhury. Today, two out of three people will not turn out to vote in the Local Council and Devolved Mayoral elections taking place across England, Wales, and Scotland. There are many reasons for this, but something that would be sure to help increase participation in future is the introduction of online voting. Our … Continue reading Our democracy is so dated, it’s expired

Fighting for democracy: Online voting for the Armed Forces?

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?