Councillors attack electronic voting

COSTLY trials of electronic voting have come in for further criticism from Sheffield councillors during a review of postal, electronic and telephone polling, which was tested in the city at the last local elections.

Tuesday, 2nd October 2007, 12:26 pm
Updated Tuesday, 2nd October 2007, 12:26 pm

The voting alternatives cost 760,362 to set up - but led to only a 1.8 per cent increase in turnout.

Sheffield's experiment was one of several around the country and the Electoral Commission raised concerns about the security of the new methods.

Now Sheffield Council's strategic Resources and Performance Scrutiny Board is also debating the trial.

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In advance of its meeting next Monday, the committee asked all city councillors their opinions - and the ones of those who replied were overwhelmingly negative.

See tomorrow's Star for the full story.

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