All party support for voting technology

VOTERS in Ipswich look set to get the chance to elect councillors electronically after a proposed experiment was given all-party support.Proposals for the borough council to use e-voting for elections next May were given overwhelming support last night.

VOTERS in Ipswich look set to get the chance to elect councillors electronically after a proposed experiment was given all-party support.

Proposals for the borough council to use e-voting for elections next May were given overwhelming support last night.

All groups on Ipswich council backed the plans, the only dissention came from Tory Gordon Terry.

Conservative group leader Stephen Barker said he and his colleagues had been concerned at the lack of detail about the plans, but after further discussions with council leader Peter Gardiner had been able to give it their backing.

"This will be in addition to traditional voting through the ballot box. As such it increases choice and we welcome that."

Mr Terry voted against the plan because he said it was still unclear how it would work or what the security measures would be.

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All members of the council's Labour and Liberal Democrat groups backed the experiment.