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Strong case for e-voting, says John Bercow

Thursday, June 12th 2014 by Hannah Langston
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Commons Speaker John Bercow has made a firm case for e-voting.

As broadband infrastructure continues to improve across the country, the prospect of e-voting has been raised once again – this time by Commons Speaker John Bercow.

The political establishment's concerns about electoral apathy were reinforced by the 33.8 per cent turnout for the recent European elections.

In a speech to the Policy Exchange thinktank in London, Mr Bercow suggested that the current voting paradigm may not be "conducive to increasing the desire for the citizen to participate or trust the system".

With the speed and reliability of internet access in the UK becoming extremely impressive, it may be time to reconsider how votes are placed, he added.

Mr Bercow said: "In an era in which many people … treat their mobile phone or tablet as an extension of themselves ...  would it really be an earth-shattering change for voters to vote electronically in a polling station?"

With innovations such as postal ballots emerging to help people who struggle to get to polling stations cast their vote, adding an electronic option may seem like a logical next step.

As support emerges from establishment pillars such as Mr Bercow, the issue seems likely to keep popping up ahead of the 2015 election.

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