Government okays huge e-voting trial

The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has given the green light to 18 councils to trial electronic voting in this year's local...

The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has given the green light to 18 councils to trial electronic voting in this year's local elections, in what promises to be the largest test to date of the government's ambitious e-voting plans.

The elections in May will see most of the 18 local authorities use e-voting in all their wards, building on the small-scale trials carried out by nine authorities in last year's local ballots.

Government officials say that 1.5 million voters will be able to use the new methods, more than three times the number eligible last year.

Two councils' e-voting plans
  • South Tyneside Metropolitan Borough Council will trial internet, SMS text messaging and touch-tone phone voting combined with a postal ballot

  • Stratford-on-Avon District Council will use the internet and e-voting at polling stations.

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