If you want to exercise your demographic right to say you’d rather have a blue politician representing you than a red one, you’re going to have to carry on with the tiresome old ‘ticking boxes with a pen’ system – there will be no “e-voting” for the likes of us any time soon.
Michael Wills, the minister for justice, told parliament that “The Government does not plan to introduce e-voting for the 2009 European or local elections,” meaning it’s off to the local primary school with your little postcard of power.
It’s hardly surprising – e-voting systems are never popular. People just don’t trust computers. In America, e-voting machines were blamed for inflicting George W. Bush on the world and, over here, the e-machines didn’t go down very well in the London mayoral elections when we got Boris. They seem to result in idiots winning.