It isn’t apathy

It isn’t apathy

It isn’t apathy

First published in Letters by

FOLLOWING the recent election, there has been much discussion on the disappointing turn out and I wouldn’t be surprised if those within the 18-30 age bracket were the least responsive of all.

This is not because we don’t care, but simply because voting is an antiquated and inaccessible system for those who do not live at a permanent address and spend most of their time at work or on their daily commute.

As a 27-year-old woman, who has lived at more than eight addresses in three different cities in the past nine years, I have always made the effort to vote in a general election. However, when it comes to local elections, I am often unaware of who my representatives are and haven’t managed to set up my vote as part of that constituency.

Don’t get me wrong: I have used the postal vote in the past, but in this election, I received no communication about how I could re-register my voting rights.

Recently on a trip to Stockholm, I noticed that citizens could vote at the station on their commute to work, which seems extremely logical. Couldn’t we make voting easier by using the technology available to us?

If we did, then I’m certain that more people would vote, making elections a much fairer and effective way of deciding the future for our country.

Laura Theobold, Long Ridge Drive, Upper Poppleton, York.

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11:27am Fri 30 May 14

Thecynic says...

Fair point. I would go further, why not let people vote either by mobile phone or online? The Government seems to want to bring everything they can online these days, information, application for several benefits, car tax etc. and we can pay for car parking via mobile in some areas too.

I'm not saying do away with the existing system for those who still wish to use it, but if the above options were added? Then just maybe the 'turnout' would improve?
Fair point. I would go further, why not let people vote either by mobile phone or online? The Government seems to want to bring everything they can online these days, information, application for several benefits, car tax etc. and we can pay for car parking via mobile in some areas too. I'm not saying do away with the existing system for those who still wish to use it, but if the above options were added? Then just maybe the 'turnout' would improve? Thecynic
  • Score: 10

12:58pm Fri 30 May 14

/kev/null says...

I think the main barrier to an online voting system would be that it would no longer be a secret ballot.
I think the main barrier to an online voting system would be that it would no longer be a secret ballot. /kev/null
  • Score: 5

1:56pm Fri 30 May 14

SpinningJenny says...

I was all prepared for this to be a disparaging letter from an older person about how lazy today's youth are but this is actually an excellent point. I used a postal vote for the European elections but I'm uncertain where I'll be living for the general election next year so I will have to make an effort to find out how to re-register wherever I end up. In York at least, the council website is incredibly unhelpful and poorly structured so finding the information can be quite hard.
I was all prepared for this to be a disparaging letter from an older person about how lazy today's youth are but this is actually an excellent point. I used a postal vote for the European elections but I'm uncertain where I'll be living for the general election next year so I will have to make an effort to find out how to re-register wherever I end up. In York at least, the council website is incredibly unhelpful and poorly structured so finding the information can be quite hard. SpinningJenny
  • Score: 5

12:33am Sun 1 Jun 14

Magicman! says...

/kev/null wrote:
I think the main barrier to an online voting system would be that it would no longer be a secret ballot.
Indeed, plus it could be prone to being compromised. Some websites have compromised voting systems already.
[quote][p][bold]/kev/null[/bold] wrote: I think the main barrier to an online voting system would be that it would no longer be a secret ballot.[/p][/quote]Indeed, plus it could be prone to being compromised. Some websites have compromised voting systems already. Magicman!
  • Score: 1

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