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E-Voting to Face its Biggest Test Yet in May

eGov monitor

23 January 2003

Eighteen local authorities have been granted approval to take part in trials of electronic voting in this May's local elections, the Government has announced today.

The e-pilots will allow an estimated 1.5 million citizens to register their ballot electronically at polling stations, interactive kiosks or from their home via the internet, touch-tone telephone, digital TV or text message.

A total of 61 applications from councils were accepted this year, compared to the 30 e-pilots held during the May 2002 local elections.

E-voting pilots will generally be run across whole electoral areas, and will include:

  • Chester, Chorley, Vale Royal and South Tyneside to pilot e-voting on the internet, and using touch-tone telephone.
  • Sheffield, Malvern Hills, Shrewsbury and Atcham and Stratford-on-Avon to pilot mobile phone text messaging, the internet and in some areas digital TV.
  • Epping Forest, Ipswich, Norwich and St Albans will trial a combination of all electronic methods including e-voting at polling stations and e-counting.
  • Swindon, Stroud, Kerrier and parts of Somerset will combine all forms of electronic voting.
  • Basingstoke and Deane and Rushmoor will trial e-voting on the internet, at polling stations, and e-counting.

The Government will shortly publish the names of suppliers contracted to be part of the framework agreement to support e-voting pilots.

Read the full announcement here


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