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Government rules out e-voting for 2009

Rebecca Thomson

The government has ruled out e-voting for 2009 elections, according to Michael Wills, minister for justice.

There may be further testing of the technology in non-statutory elections, he said, but it will not be used for the 2009 European or local elections.

The way forward on e-voting will be informed by earlier pilots, he said, as well as possible further testing and consultation on election days.

E-voting pilots have attracted criticism in recent years for not being secure or accurate enough.

Wills said the budgets for e-voting in future years "have not yet been specifically allocated."

He said, "Further work on remote electronic voting will be funded as necessary from existing budgets agreed for electoral modernisation."

The minister was answering a Parliamentary question from Eleanor Laing, MP for Epping Forest.


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