Internet voting is to be a reality in the May local elections

A pilot scheme for Internet, text message and telephone voting will take place across 30 councils, with wards in Liverpool and Sheffield piloting the use of text messaging and local digital TV. The Electoral Commission will provide support and advice to pilot authorities. “These electoral modernisation pilots will test new and easier arrangements, such as nearly voting, all postal ballots and mobile ballot kiosks,” said Raynsford.

Liverpool Council member Paul Clein is utterly opposed to people being able to vote using electronic methods. He said: “The idea that this will get young people flocking to vote because texting is their medium is ludicrous. The problem is young people perceive politics as being irrelevant to them.”

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