Demand Grows For Electronic Polls

Following a problematic general election many experts are arguing that e-voting could be the future for the UK.

The US is currently planning to introduce an online voting procedure, while in India the practise has been active for some years.

However, the British Electoral Commission has voiced concerns about the security of an online voting system.

David Monks the chair of Solace, the Society for local authority chief executives' electoral matters panel stated: "What we've got here is a very Victorian system. Many Solace members have argued it is much in need of modernisation."

He continued: "We need a system for the 21st Century that is suitable for our lifestyles." Technology analyst Ovum has reiterated these views arguing that the problems at polling stations 'will lead to a reinvigorated push for e-voting".

Proponents of the scheme argue that electronic voting is fast for voters and helps to prevent spoiled ballots; counting votes in an instant.

There have long been security concerns around electronic voting machines.

But director of digital democracy at the non-partisan think tank, Andy Williamson argues that "a lack of desire to change" is the main explanation to the resistance to electronic voting rather than security concerns.

Although he acknowledges the risks with electronic voting, he says "you have to put this in the context of the current process, which we mostly accept, despite the obvious flaws and risks."

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