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Many Non-Voters Would Vote if They Could do it Online

Many Non-Voters Would Vote if They Could do it Online

Two-fifths of people who didn’t plan on voting in the general election claim they would if online voting was available.   

The survey of more than 1,700 people was carried out by broadband service, Cable.co.uk, and found that 42% of people who didn’t plan to vote would reconsider if they could do it online.   

The survey also found that half of the people who were undecided would be more likely to end up voting online.

In total, 1,445 people said they intended to vote, 245 said they were not intending to vote and 56 were unsure.

Those between 35 and 44 were most inclined to vote online, with 64% of respondents in this age group saying it would increase the probability of them taking part in an election.

Consumer telecoms analyst at Cable.co.uk, Dan Howdle, said: “It seems that if voting were made easier, more of us would do it. It makes sense, but it’s nevertheless somewhat shocking that so many people with no plans to vote would do so if it saved them a short trip to the nearest polling station.

“Online voting is almost certainly the future. The key question is whether such a system can be adopted in a way that is beyond potential interference from hackers.”

A separate study carried out this week found that only 7% of people fully trust online voting and more than half (52%) think electronic voting is not trustworthy. However, 30% of those involved in the survey said that they were in favour of electronic voting with reasons such as increased turnout and making it easier for Brits abroad to vote.  

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