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Government to test e-voting on councils

The Government has invited English councils to test electronic voting at the local elections in May 2002.

The Government has invited English councils to test electronic voting at the local elections in May 2002.

Local government minister Nick Raynsford, said, "Soundly-based ideas for modernising elections will be welcomed, and we are particularly interested in supporting pilots of electronic voting at polling stations, electronic counting, online voting and postal or telephone voting."

Raynsford has invited all councils in England to apply to participate in the pilot scheme, which will be used to analyse alternative voting methods. Councils have until the end of the year to apply and successful applicants will be named in January.

The Government recently unveiled a seven-month research project, led by De Montfort University, to explore the possibilities for remote electronic voting via the telephone, television and the internet.

Online voting is already popular in the US.

james.rogers@rbi.co.uk

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