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eVoting System
Institution: Sheffield City Council
Implementation Date: Jan 01, 2002
Summary: Sheffield is currently engaged in a three-year election modernization program that uses state-of-the-art technology to make it easier and more convenient for citizens to engage with government.

Voters could vote by their chosen method (internet, free-phone telephone, sms text messaging, public access kiosk and the traditional polling station) during the week of election leading up to and on poll day itself. All the citizens need is their individual password found on their poll card and their unique Voter Identification Number (VIN) sent to them in a separate mailing with a Smart Card.

The combination of these two codes validates the voter for access to the eVoting system.
Impact: This innovative approach to election modernization has made voting more accessible and convenient.

It facilitates public engagement with the government by using eVoting as a key point of introduction to eGovernment, providing a lasting platform for ‘joined up’ government by linking voting to wider e-Democracy aims such as the city-wide deployment of the popular Smart Cards, mock elections in the schools and public education on the use of IT.
Source: Stockholm Challenge Award
Project Home URL: http://www.sheffield.gov.uk/facts--figures/digital-democracy/evoting
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