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  1. What voters expect from a voting system Tom Hawthorn Electoral Modernisation Manager 27 February 2006

  2. The process of voting

  3. Q How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with…. The system of registering to vote in the UK The actual process of voting at elections in the UK Base: 1,500 GB adults, 2-11 May 2003 Source: MORI/Electoral Commission

  4. Q How satisfied or dissatisfied are you with…. % Very dissatisfied % Fairly dissatisfied % Very satisfied % Fairly satisfied The system of registering to vote in the UK The actual process of voting at elections in the UK Base: 1,500 GB adults, 2-11 May 2003 Source: MORI/Electoral Commission

  5. Reasons for not voting

  6. Q Reasons for not voting… Intended to vote but circumstances prevented me 20% Base: All who did not vote in LEs (514), 2-11 May 2003 Source: MORI/Electoral Commission

  7. Q Reasons for not voting… Intended to vote but circumstances prevented me 20% 9% Away on 1 May Base: All who did not vote in LEs (514), 2-11 May 2003 Source: MORI/Electoral Commission

  8. Q Reasons for not voting… Intended to vote but circumstances prevented me 20% 9% Away on 1 May 8% Just not interested in politics 8% Haven’t had any information 7% Didn’t receive polling card No point voting - all parties same 6% No point voting - council can’t change anything 6% 6% I forgot 5% I didn’t know what the issues are 5% I didn’t know there were local elections Base: All who did not vote in LEs (514), 2-11 May 2003 Source: MORI/Electoral Commission

  9. What do people say will encourage them to vote?

  10. Q Which one or two methods, if any, would be most likely to encourage you personally to vote at the next election in your area? % mentioning Voting using the internet 28% Voting by telephone 27% Voting by mobile phone text message/SMS 19% Voting in person using an electronic machine 9% Voting using digital TV 7% Base: 1,500 UK adults 18+, 2nd - 11th May 2003 Source: MORI/Electoral Commission

  11. Q Which one or two methods, if any, would be most likely to encourage you personally to vote at the next election in your area? % mentioning Voting by post 31% Voting using the internet 28% Voting by telephone 27% Polling stations at new locations 23% Voting by mobile phone text message/SMS 19% Polling stations being open longer 12% Voting in person using an electronic machine 9% Voting using digital TV 7% It depends 2% Don’t know 8% Base: 1,500 UK adults 18+, 2nd - 11th May 2003 Source: MORI/Electoral Commission

  12. Views of new voting methods

  13. Q Whether or not you voted, from what you know, would you say that the new methods of voting available to you on 1st May made the whole process of voting better, worse, or did it make no difference? Worse Better E-Pilots Non-voter Voter Base: All respondents (6,185) Source: MORI/Electoral Commission

  14. Q Whether or not you voted, from what you know, would you say that the new methods of voting available to you on 1st May made the whole process of voting better, worse, or did it make no difference? Worse Better E-Pilots Non-voter Voter All-postal Pilots Non-voter Voter Base: All respondents (6,185) Source: MORI/Electoral Commission

  15. Q Whether or not you voted, from what you know, would you say that the new methods of voting available to you on 1st May made the whole process of voting better, worse, or did it make no difference? 18 – 34 35 – 54 55 + ABC1 C2DE Voters Non-voters Base: All those in e-voting pilot areas (3,742) Source: MORI/Electoral Commission

  16. What people say they want in a voting process

  17. What people say they want in a voting process Q Which one of the following would you say is most important to you when you vote? My vote being private My vote being safe from fraud and abuse Voting being convenient Voting being easy to do Source: EC/MORI Base: 1,500 UK adults aged 18+ 2-11 May 2003

  18. 18-34 What people say they want in a voting process – differences by age Q Which one of the following would you say is most important to you when you vote? 55+ My vote being private My vote being safe from fraud and abuse Voting being convenient Voting being easy to do Source: EC/MORI Base: 1,500 UK adults aged 18+ 2-11 May 2003

  19. 18-34 What people say they want in a voting process – differences by age Q Which one of the following would you say is most important to you when you vote? 55+ voters! My vote being private My vote being safe from fraud and abuse Voting being convenient Voting being easy to do Source: EC/MORI Base: 1,500 UK adults aged 18+ 2-11 May 2003

  20. Q Which one of the following would you say is most important to you when you vote? Non-voters …and voters vs non-voters Voters My vote being private My vote being safe from fraud and abuse Voting being convenient Voting being easy to do Base: Those with local elections (1,026) of 1,500 UK adults aged 18+ 2-11 May 2003

  21. What people say they want in a voting process – over time

  22. Method of voting - 2003 Q. Which one of the following would you say is most important to you when you vote at elections? Voting being private Voting being safe from fraud or abuse Voting being convenient Voting being easy to do Other/None/Don’t know Source: MORI/The Electoral Commission survey, Base:1,500 UK adults aged 18+, 2003

  23. Method of voting – January 2005 Q. Which one of the following would you say is most important to you when you vote at elections? Voting being private Voting being safe from fraud or abuse Voting being convenient Voting being easy to do Other/None/Don’t know Having a choice of method Source: MORI/The Electoral Commission survey, Base:1,500 UK adults aged 18+, 6- 11 January 2005

  24. Method of voting – May 2005 Q. Which one of the following would you say is most important to you when you vote at elections? Voting being private Voting being safe from fraud or abuse Voting being convenient Voting being easy to do Other/None/Don’t know Having a choice of method Source: MORI/The Electoral Commission survey, Base:1,500 UK adults aged 18+, 29 April – 1 May 2005

  25. Conclusions

  26. E-voting • Attitudes informed by attitudes towards technology in general… • …and familiarity with technology • Part of reason why telephone voting relatively well received • Remote e-voting better than kiosks • Seen as ‘the future’ • Even if uncomfortable, people don’t want e-voting banned • Sense that others should have access esp. young, FT workers • Reassurances needed • But right balance vs convenience/ease of use (e.g. multiple passwords)