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Two fifths of Britons who didn’t vote in The General Election would if they could vote online / via text.

A new survey by a money-saving website in the UK has revealed the top reasons why Britons chose not to vote in the general election, including not fully supporting any party up for election, not having the time to get to a polling station or forgetting to register to vote. According to the poll, 17% of those who did vote would like the option to do so online or via text, whilst 40% who didn’t vote would consider doing so if they could vote online or via text.

Many Britons would vote in general elections online or via text if they had the chance, feeling that it’s not just quick and easy but it’s also moving with the times.

The team at www.VoucherCodesPro.co.uk undertook the study as part of a study into Britons attitudes towards the recent general election. 2,767 Britons aged 18 and over were quizzed about the election and what drives them to vote.

Initially all respondents were asked, ‘Did you vote in the recent general election?’ to which the majority (59%) stated they ‘yes’ did, whilst two fifths (41%) stated that they did not. All of those who did vote were asked what made them go to vote, to which the top responses were ‘to have my say and make a difference’ (51%) and ‘if I don’t vote, I can’t complain about the outcome’ (32%).

Wanting to delve a little deeper, all those that did not vote were asked why they hadn’t placed a vote and had their say. When provided with a list of possible responses and told to select all that applied, the top five responses were as follows:

  1. There wasn’t a party I fully supported – 48%
  2. I didn’t have time to go to the polling station – 27%
  3. I didn’t think it would make a difference – 14%
  4. I forgot to register to vote – 11%
  5. The weather put me off going out to vote – 3%

All respondents who turned out to vote were asked if they would vote online or via text if the option was there, to which just 17% felt that ‘yes’ they would, whereas the remaining respondents liked the experience of going to the polling station. Similarly, those who didn’t turn out to vote were asked if they’d vote online or via text if the option was there, to which 40% felt that ‘yes’ it would encourage them to.

Of those who would choose to vote online or via text, the top reasons for doing so were cited as ‘it’s quick and easy’ (51%) and ‘it’s moving with the times’ (26%).

Furthermore, when asked ‘Do you think all UK residents should be automatically registered to vote once they turn 18?’, almost two thirds of respondents (64%) stated ‘yes’ they think they should and they’d support this. Finally, when asked if they felt it should be made compulsory for Britons to vote, just a third (34%) felt that it should be made compulsory.

George Charles, spokesperson for www.VoucherCodesPro.co.uk, made the following comments:

“The 2017 general election was an eye opener for many. The youth turnout had increased, which is amazing, but in general voter turnout has never been close to 100%. In my opinion, it’s a person’s democratic right to choose whether they vote or not but it is important for people to realise that even though the First Past The Post voting system isn’t proportional, it’s still a way to get your voice heard.”