Whether you vote or not is a matter of public record and all parties will know whether or not you vote and how committed you are to voting. A voter that only voted in the referendum is not worth much effort in a general or local election, a voter that votes for the Police and Crime commissioner is one that will crawl over burning coals to vote and is worth pursuing.Only ‘someone from your preferred Party’? How does that work then? How does this ‘someone from your preferred party' know which party is your preferred party?
I'm a postal voter and have been ever since I joined the mob. I felt no need to change when I left.They also had a bin ready for my Polling card to be thrown in.
An attempt to stop voter fraud possibly as I never noticed one before.
No Tory so I happily voted TBP.
Allison something. She won't win unfortunately.
The biggest concern is electoral fraud. And given what I know privately about the security of certain government websites, that's a significant concern.I suppose one option might be to put a (unique) barcode on each polling card, have a PC connected to a central database (which already exists), allow a voter to wander into any old polling station, get their card checked, print out their local card, and let them vote.
There might be some concerns about privacy or traceability, but, TBH, with modern technology there are other ways for a government (or other organisation) to gather individual voting data that don't require being hooked into a central voting computer even if the entire thing was done digitally.
You're right that electoral fraud is probably the biggest concern. I'm not sure that we'll see a fraud-proof system without making compromises elsewhere. I guess voter identity is near the top of the concern list, but without some form of mandatory identity system somebody, somewhere will find a way to abuse the system.The biggest concern is electoral fraud. And given what I know privately about the security of certain government websites, that's a significant concern.
In addition, the Cloggies had a part IT based voting system. That was theoretically vulnerable to fraud - and has subsequently been changed to prevent the possibility. (Private information from the pen testing company that did the work).
All computer systems are potentiality hackable, although it maybe take massive resource to do so. That resource is available to nation states, leaving open the possibility that if China or Russia hacked into our computer system, they could change the result to one they wanted. You could have all the validation you like at the point of voting, but if someone hacked into the database where the results were being processed, it would be meaningless.You're right that electoral fraud is probably the biggest concern. I'm not sure that we'll see a fraud-proof system without making compromises elsewhere. I guess voter identity is near the top of the concern list, but without some form of mandatory identity system somebody, somewhere will find a way to abuse the system.
We (as a nation) tend not to like the idea of identity cards. I don't mind the concept, as we need several forms of identity to do 'business' in modern society anyway - NI Number, UTR, Service ID, passport (with biometric data), driving licence, bus pass, credit & debit cards, library card, mobile phone, etc, etc. A national ID card with UTR & NI embedded, plus updatable fields for biometric data, passport number, driving licence and, possibly, current address would make life easier in some respects and, in today's technologically terrifying datasphere, probably not give away much of our privacy. Biometric scanning (eg, face or fingerprint) is common place and could be used to ensure that a card does belong to an individual. Public Key type encryption could be used to assure data privacy and protection, whilst allowing systems to confirm identity.
It's London, they can have a billion queueing but they still only get one seat.The photos of the unprecedented long queues in both the Mail and Guardian certainly don't seem to show Tory voters, unless Boris has suddenly won over the student vote. This is going to be closer than we think.
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