Electronic Voting: have your say

When you vote in a general election, you elect someone to go to the House of Commons and represent your interests and your local area (constituency) in Parliament. This makes Parliament relevant to everyone. Its main roles are:

  • Examining and challenging the work of the government (scrutiny)
  • Debating and passing (or rejecting) all laws (legislation)
  • Enabling the government to collect taxes

The Digital Democracy Commission would like to hear your views about how Parliament—and Members of Parliament—could become better at using the internet and digital technology to perform these roles and to communicate with you.

Have your say on electronic voting here until 10 October.

Wednesday 3 September: Commissioners' meeting on electronic voting

You can also email or post on any of our social media channels. If you prefer to send your thoughts to us not in writting (such as video or sound cloud), please attach or send a link.
[email protected], twitter, facebook or LinkedIn.

Questions we are asking:

  •  What are the potential benefits and drawbacks of online voting (eg, voting via the internet using a computer or mobile device)?
  • What impact, if any, would online voting have on voter turnout?
  • Would online voting increase the ‘digital divide’ or increase accessibility in elections?
  • What are the cost implications of online voting?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages to using electronic voting machines in polling stations instead of paper ballots?
  • Would electronic voting at the ballot box be a useful step towards online voting?
  • What can be learned from e-voting experiences in other countries?
  • What safeguards would be needed to reassure the public that their digital vote was secure?
  • Would it be possible to guarantee the integrity of the ballot?

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