It would be helpful to understand the specific risks around potential disenfranchisement here, including under different scenarios.

For example, the impact of an ‘online only system’ that did away with polling cards might be stark, but it’s less clear what the negative impacts would be from ‘online as well’ offering.

When weighing up the risks and benefits, we should also consider the impact from not having an online system and how the failure to provide such a service might contribute to the disenfranchisement of an already underserved segement of society.

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Software for news and media and civic tech. Cat herder. Director at Glitch Digital.

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