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Voting system rated not fit for purpose

Publié par Clifford Armion le 15/03/2010

Polly Curtis

"The official charged with ensuring the smooth running of this year's general election says that Britain's democratic system is "not fit for purpose" and that it needs a radical redesign to drag it out of the 18th century.

"Jenny Watson, chair of the Electoral Commission, said in a Guardian interview that the running of elections was still based on Victorian ideas about the way people live and needed a fundamental rethink. Online voting and flexible election schedules, including opening the polls for entire weekends, should be considered to make the system more relevant to 21st century life, she said.

"She also warned that moves to preserve the drama of election night "might not be workable" because of new checks required on postal votes. Last month the Commons voted to force the 632 returning officers, who administer the election, to start counting ballot papers as soon as the polls close. But Watson said in some areas the new postal-vote system needed rigorous checking to ensure votes were not fraudulent. "Some areas will need more time," she said."

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"Voting system rated not fit for purpose", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), mars 2010. Consulté le 18/04/2021. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/voting-system-rated-not-fit-for-purpose