Electronic Voting

Electoral Commission Committee written question – answered on 19th March 2008.

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Photo of Eric Pickles Eric Pickles Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

To ask the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what assessment has been made by the Electoral Commission in the remote electronic voting pilots in the 2007 local elections of (a) the effect on turnout and (b) the value for money of such schemes.

Photo of Peter Viggers Peter Viggers Conservative, Gosport

The Electoral Commission informs me that its reports on the 2007 local election pilot schemes, published in August 2007, found that there was no discernible effect on turnout in those elections. The Commission further found that the fragmented nature of the pilots meant that it was not possible to reach firm conclusions on which pilot schemes, if any, offered value for money.

The Commission's reports can be found on its website at:

www.electoralcommission.org.uk.

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