The Electoral Commission has suggested that the UK ought to embrace full electronic voting like we're some sort of forward-thinking democracy instead of a lethargic old Shire horse that's ready for death, claiming that a move to a radical online voting option may stop voter turnout figures dwindling ever lower.
Now that everything from shopping to anonymous sex is carried out online while we're in bed on a smartphone app, Jenny Watson from the Electoral Commission warns that voting via a piece of paper in a primary school is seen as an "alien and outdated" thing for people to do, particularly among the young "digital natives" who don't even own pens and think paper is just what Amazon uses to pad out delivery boxes.
Watson said we should be more radical about it all, suggesting: "Whether it is the ability to register to vote on the day of the election, or voters being able to use any polling station in their constituency, or the introduction of advance voting, or even more radical options such as e-voting, we plan to look at a variety of options, assessing how they will help citizens engage more effectively." [Guardian]
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