Electronic voting and all-postal ballots have been hailed as a "resounding success" at the local elections.
Figures showed a 21 per cent take-up in pilot areas across the country.
Local Government Minister Nick Raynsford said he was
"encouraged and pleased" that so many voters had used new
technology to cast their ballots.
E-voting helped increase the turnout figures in Shrewsbury & Atcham (54.45%), and Stratford-on-Avon (35.6%).
And in all-postal ballots, where no polling stations were provided for voters, the turnouts included Herefordshire (61%), Telford & Wrekin (48.65%), East Staffs (44.97%), and North Shropshire (43.8%).
"This is a phenomenal figure which clearly demonstrates the benefits of a postal ballot," said Neil Pringle, chief executive of Herefordshire Council.
"An increase in response rate of this proportion shows that there is a genuine interest in politics at grassroots level and that most people want to have their say - it just has to be on their terms rather than ours."
Shrewsbury & Atcham Council chief executive Robin Hooper said: "Twenty per cent of our voters chose to vote using the internet, phone and digital interactive TV channels and this exceeded our expectations."