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Local Government: Voting Methods

Volume 457: debated on Friday 23 February 2007

To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker’s Committee on the Electoral Commission whether the Electoral Commission has considered the use of remote electronic voting in local elections. (119972)

The Commission informs me that it has done so in the context of its statutory evaluation of electoral pilot schemes. It evaluated remote electronic voting pilots at elections to 19 English local authorities in 2002 and 2003, and its findings have been made publicly available. In 2007, the Commission will evaluate five further remote electronic voting pilots which have been accepted by the Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs for the English local government elections on 3 May. The Commission’s evaluations must be published no later than three months after the election.