Abandoning e-voting and what Labour is really proposing in the Lords: posts of the week

Welcome to my weekly round-up of two blogging highlights from the past week: the post that I found most interesting or enjoyable to write and the post from someone else that I found most interesting or entertaining.

A post from me…

E-voting: why it was abandoned in the UK

Back in the early years of this century, the UK was at the forefront of testing out e-voting for public elections. An extensive series of pilots were held and then … e-voting fell out of favour, because the pilots were not a success for a wide range of reasons. The issue still keeps on popping up, so having recently come across again what I wrote back in 2003 about those pilots, those lessons are worth restating.

Read the full post here.

… and a post from someone else

Labour peers must stop playing games – Paul Tyler

LibDem peer Paul Tyler had an excellent article over on Comment is Free about just how ridiculous some of Labour’s time-wasting antics in the House of Lords are:

Alongside the pointless, pompous speeches are the absurd amendments to which they ostensibly relate. One peer wants EU citizens to vote in the referendum, which is about general elections, even though they are not entitled to vote in general elections. A second wants to ban everyone from voting when the referendum comes, unless and until peers are given the right to vote in general elections – a suggestion that is self-serving and potty in equal measure. Another peer wants the bill to come into force only if the House of Commons grows larger than the House of Lords. Since the latter has more than 800 members, that is clearly a ridiculous proposition. And in every instance, the movers know they are being ridiculous, and delight in it.

Read the full article from Paul Tyler here.

Spotted any other great posts this week that I may have missed? Let me know in the comments.

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