Majority of new voters sign up online

Over three quarters of new voters signed up to vote using the government’s online registration service since it launched last June, according to official figures.

There were 485,012 applications on the 20 April deadline for registrations last week, of which 469,000 were submitted online, meaning 96 percent of applications were filed online on deadline day.

The new digital voter registration system launched last June, at the same time as the government’s new ‘Individual Electoral Registration’, which requires people to register to vote individually rather than as a household.

It was developed with extensive user testing and is compatible with all devices, including smartphones and tablets.

Satisfaction with the service has remained above 90 percent since it launched and it has experienced 100 percent uptime, the Cabinet Office said.

The government released the figures after facing criticism for delivering just 15 out of a promised 25 ‘digital exemplar’ services by March 2015, of which online voter registration is one.

The Government Digital Service has led work to digitise 25 high-volume government services across eight departments since January 2013. However ten of the 25 failed to launch by the March 2015 deadline.

GDS has promised the departments responsible “will continue to work to deliver them” and insisted the services will be delivered during the next Parliament.

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