Innovation and changeDigital TransformationGovernment announces independent review of electronic voting for industrial action ballot

Government announces independent review of electronic voting for industrial action ballot

Review to look at the security implications of electronic voting including interception and hacking

The former Chief Fire and Rescue Adviser for England, Sir Ken Knight CBEQFSM, will lead an independent review of electronic voting for industrial action ballots, the government has announced.

The independent review will investigate the issues surrounding trade unions using electronic voting for industrial action ballots, including:

  • risks of interception, impersonation, hacking, fraud or misleading or irregular practices associated with electronic balloting
  • if systems can be safeguarded to reduce risk of intimidation of union members and protect anonymity of voters
  • security and resilience of existing practices of balloting union members

The review has been launched following an agreement to investigate the implications of electronic voting methods in the Trade Union Act 2016.

Business Minister Margot James said: “The Trade Union Act ensures strikes will only ever happen as a result of a clear, positive decision by those entitled to vote. The Knight Review will explore the issues and implications of allowing electronic voting in industrial action ballots and I look forward to reading his findings.”

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