Elections: E-voting

House of Lords written question – answered on 26th June 2007.

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Photo of The Earl of Northesk The Earl of Northesk Conservative

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What plans they have, in light of the recent report from the Open Rights Group on the May 2007 elections in England and Scotland, for continued e-voting in United Kingdom elections.

Photo of Baroness Ashton of Upholland Baroness Ashton of Upholland Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Ministry of Justice, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

We have welcomed the role of observers in these elections, and in particular their contribution to the Electoral Commission's evaluation and election review work.

It is the commission's statutory responsibility to evaluate and report on electoral pilot schemes, and we look forward to the publication of its official reports in August.

The commission's official evaluations will play an important role in informing future government policy on electoral modernisation, including any decisions regarding further development of e-voting innovations.

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