Government scraps e-voting trials

8 Sep 2005

The UK government has scrapped its plans to ‘electronically enable’ next year’s local council elections and cancelled trials of voting via internet and text message. ‘We just think that the time is not right for it at the moment,’ Elections Minister Harriet Harman told the BBC. The Labour government drew up its ambitious e-voting proposals in 2002, but the plans were derided by the opposition who considered it ‘reckless’. The Electoral Commission insists pilot e-voting schemes remain an important part of its attempts to improve election turnout in the future.

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