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Elections: Internet

Volume 461: debated on Monday 4 June 2007

To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what assessment she has made of the merits of introducing internet voting for (a) general and (b) council elections. (139810)

The Government are firmly committed to increasing participation in the electoral process. Since 2000 we have supported 23 internet voting pilot schemes at selected local authority elections, which have allowed us to consider the benefits of new voting channels.

The independent Electoral Commission is responsible for evaluating each scheme, and the Government have considered the Commission's findings in the development of their policy on electronic voting. We have not reached a firm decision on whether or not to roll out electronic voting beyond local election pilot schemes, but the evaluation of this year's pilot schemes will inform my Department's ongoing assessment.