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January 23, 2006

Electronic vote counting to be piloted at local UK elections

Modernization of the UK's electoral process is long overdue, and things look set to change as a number of local authorities are preparing to run pilots for electronic counting in the May 2006 local elections, according to an article by Kable's Government Computing News.

By CBR Staff Writer

A spokesperson for the UK’s Department for Constitutional Affairs (DCA) is reported to have told the news service that full details of the pilots will shortly be released.

According to Government Computing News, people will cast their votes in the usual way. However, once the polls close, the ballot box will be taken to a counting venue and the ballot papers scanned by a device similar to the barcode readers, or ‘wands’ that are used in supermarkets.

The introduction of electronic counting is expected to make the voting process easier and more efficient.

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