It’s time for politics to fast-forward to the present and have online voting introduced.
In the UK, 38 million people are on Facebook, 15 million are on Twitter, and 4.5 million use online dating sites.
According to the Office for National Statistics, 74% of adults in the UK shop online, 55% read the news online, and 53% are banking online.
Meanwhile, compared with 1945-1997, the voter turnout in this country has dropped by 14.3 percentage points. Turnout amongst 18-24 year olds has been the lowest of all age groups in the last four elections. (2001 – 39%; 2005 – 37%; 2010 – 44%; 2015 – 43%).
It’s time that we had a 21st century voting system fit for the digital age we all live in.
The potential benefits of online voting are many and include:
- Greater levels of voter participation
- A method of independently voting for those with vision-impairments
- An accessible method of voting for those with other disabilities
- Long-term savings in the cost of elections
- Accurate vote counts
- The elimination of accidentally spoilt ballots
- Greater security of the ballot
- A method of better informing the electorate about each election
- A future-proofed method of voting for an increasingly digital age
For more information on online voting and how it can be made secure, check out the WebRoots Democracy reports.