Posted by sean on May 4, 2005 at 10:15 pm in Have I Got News For You with No Comments

So tomorrow is The General Election all across Britain. All the months of arguing and backbiting between politicians will come to an end (for a few days at least) and by this time on Friday we will have a new leader or Tony Blair will still be at No.10 (probably on the phone to his best mate George Bush).

One major problem The Election will face this year, like in the past is that there will be a substantial amount of people not turning out to vote for whatever reason – inaccessible, laziness, uneducated in which party to vote for, the list goes on…

I strongly believe that if the methods of voting were greatly increased then there would be a far greater turnout. I see absolutely no reason why, if implemented in a safe and secure manner people could not vote via their mobile phones, digital television or over the Internet.

One argument against this is that is can encourage fraud and is potentially insecure. I find this very strange, especially as when I go to vote at The Polling Station tomorrow I will not need to take any form of identification or cards to state I am registered to vote. Sure they have my details down there, but there is a gaping hole open for abuse.

With the advances in technology nowadays there must be a way to safely collect votes electronically. Hopefully sense will be seen and these methods will be made available for the next elections.

I’ve already made my mind up on who I’ll be voting for, although if you are undecided or even slightly unsure take a look at this very useful website. Even if you have fully made your mind up, answer the questions, you may be surprised by the outcome.

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