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.