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Electronic Voting

Volume 481: debated on Thursday 23 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether there are any plans to introduce e-voting mechanisms before the local and European elections in 2009. (228861)

No. The Government do not plan to introduce e-voting for the 2009 European or local elections.

The way forward more generally on e-voting will be informed by the valuable experience gained from earlier pilots, analysis of the responses to the election day consultation, and further development work including the possible further testing of e-voting solutions in non-statutory elections.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether there are any plans for further e-voting pilots in the next 12 months. (228862)

The Government have no plans for further e-voting pilots in statutory elections at this stage.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the budget is for work on remote electronic voting over the next two years. (228864)

Detailed budgets for future years have not yet been specifically allocated. Further work on remote electronic voting will be funded as necessary from existing budgets agreed for Electoral Modernisation, subject to ministerial and HM Treasury approval. The Government are currently taking stock of the previous work on remote e-voting, including the experience gained in earlier pilots, and the responses to the consultation on election day, to inform the way forward.