|E-Voting to Face its Biggest Test Yet in May|
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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