Laura Sharman 03 August 2016

Young people call for online voting for future elections

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Over half of young people would be more likely to vote in future elections and referendums if they could do so via a phone, tablet or computer, according to new research.

The survey by Squiz found 53% of people aged between 18 and 24 would be more likely to take part in democratic processes if they could vote digitally.

Only 7% of those surveyed said that being able to vote via digital methods would not make them more likely to take part in future democratic decisions.

Stephen Morgan, co-founder of Squiz, said: ‘Millennials are digital natives, raised on a diet of devices and apps; so it’s no surprise that they would be more inclined to vote if they could do so digitally. They are accustomed to using technology for communication every day and for everything.

‘As opposed to the 32% of the general UK population that would be more likely to vote if they could do so digitally, the government must realise the importance of digital to young people.’

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