Published in the October edition:
In talking about introducing internet voting in the UK, Melanie Batley called the trials in the UK “a great success” (Total Politics, August 2011). I beg to differ: they were costly and produced no significant increase in turnout.
There are many criticisms that can be made of the last Labour government and its rhetoric about evidence-based policy-making, but on this point it can’t be faulted. It tried it, saw that it didn’t work to raise turnout and dropped it.
Far from being a reason for the public to demand that the government resurrections the idea, the experience of the UK’s trials are a reason, for once, for the public to praise politicians for making the right decision and declining to go on spending money on a faulty policy.