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 Friday, 24 January, 2003, 11:37 GMT
E-voting trials for East Anglia
E-voting
Trials will take place in 18 places in England
Residents in several areas across eastern England will have the chance to vote electronically in the council elections in May.

Local Government Minister Nick Raynsford has announced that 18 places in England have been picked to run further trial schemes this year.

People in Norwich, Ipswich and Epping Forest in Essex will be among those able to vote using a range of methods, including through the internet.

Mr Raynsford said: "This year's local elections will be the largest test of the government's e-voting plans yet, confirming the UK's position as one of the pioneers of e-voting in Europe."

Changing times

The returning officer for Norwich City, John Turner, said the new methods reflected changing times.

"The government has said it is moving towards what is called an e-enabled general election for the one after next - probably 2010 or thereafter.

"This is a way of trialling it to make sure that all the wrinkles that might be there can be smoothed out.

"And it recognises that things have moved on from a system that goes back to 1870 - it's a little while since it's been changed significantly."

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