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Next Steps for E-Voting Trials

Office of the Deputy Prime Minister

10 December 2002

Some 19 councils have applied to take part in trials of electronic voting technologies in the May 2003 local elections, the Government announced today.

A further seven applications were received expressing interest in piloting e-counting systems.

Announcements on which pilots have been accepted are expected to be made by mid-January.

If all of the applications are accepted, then over 1.6 million electors would be covered by the electronic voting pilots, the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister said.

Local Government Minister Nick Raynsford commented:

"The level of interest and enthusiasm shown by authorities is very encouraging. The widespread readiness to pilot new and innovative approaches to holding elections will benefit voters by testing ways to make elections more straightforward and accessible. Our electoral pilot programme is an important step towards achieving our aim of an e-enabled general election post-2006."

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