Online voting is long overdue…

I can’t vote today.

1, I’m housebound, and simply too ill, and in too much pain and, 2, I’m a powerchair user and it’s pissing down – wrestling with waterproofs is beyond me (see 1).

Time was when I’d have asked for a postal vote, but this involves me, if I’m well enough, going out to post back a form confirming that yes, I did mean, when I asked for a postal vote, that I actually wanted one. Then there’s the postal vote itself, which has to be mailed a couple of weeks before the election, for which I usually have no information upon which to base a decision (well, OK, I’d probably vote Labour, I mostly do, but the lazy-arse candidates don’t know that).

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High time we had online voting…

Every year when I complete my electoral registration I ask for a postal vote. This involves me, if I’m well enough, going out to post back a form confirming that yes, I did mean, when I asked for a postal vote, that I actually wanted one.

Then there’s the vote itself, which has to be posted a couple of weeks before the election (I think, and also if I’m well enough**), an election for which I usually have no information upon which to base a decision (well, OK, I’d vote Labour, always have, but the lazy-arse candidates don’t know that).

**Which can never be guaranteed – at the time of writing I haven’t been out for over 2 months.

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When are we going to get online voting?

I mean, there’s no real difficulty in making the system secure, as banks have (mostly!), proved. Every person, for example, has two numbers which uniquely identify them – their National Insurance number and their National Health number. OK, many have more, but everybody has those two.

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