Speaking to the Assembly of French Citizens Abroad recently, French President Emmanuel Macron announced his intention to offer electronic voting in the next consular elections, due to take place in 2020. He argued that French overseas voters, who did not have the option of casting an online vote, were notably absent in the 2017 election
In an increasingly digital world where demand for online services continues unabated in all walks of life, government and public sector organisations need to embrace cyber voting as standard, providing a complimentary channel to traditional paper and postal voting.
Following this year's Trade Union Act, which included a requirement for a minimum 50% turnout on ballots for industrial action, the UK Government recently announced the start of an independent review into whether trade union members should have access to electronic voting alongside traditional paper-based methods.
With all of the new challenges online voting presents, it would equally open up a whole realm of opportunity. Opportunity to resign issues like 'accidentally spoilt ballots' to the dustbin, and opportunity to enable a more accessible method of voting for Londoners with disabilities and vision-impairments, as well as the city's youth and long-hour workers.
Digital democracy has taken centre stage of late. Indeed, the recent launch by Jeremy Corbyn of Labour's digital manifesto and plans to 'democratise the internet' show a realisation by politicians and parties that technology must be central to policy and should enable citizens to interact with the democratic process in a more participatory and meaningful way.
According to the Electoral Commission in the UK, all voters should have the right to cast their vote independently and privately. However, for those with disabilities, blindness or partial sight, this is not always the case.
In a world where democracy continues to spread and migration is commonplace, in addition to increasing demand for online services from millennial voters, there will be an imperative to provide cyber voting as standard as a complimentary channel to traditional paper and postal voting.
If they really want everyone to vote why can't you vote online? It's 2016. You can transfer money, get a visa even add yourself to the adoption register, all online. I'm beginning to think they're trying to wipe out and entire demographic from having their say.
This Wednesday, the Chancellor will present his budget for the year ahead. But it's not the only important thing happening that day: though it might not dominate the headlines, the government's controversial Trade Union Bill will reach its final stages in the House of Lords. What it represents is a last chance for the government to reconsider its position to ban unions from allowing members to vote online - a ban that no other civil society group faces.
It isn't fair to say that people are "apathetic" or just "don't care" as some commentators may have you believe. These are important elections, important decisions. People do care about the direction of issues such as social care, education, and policing, it's borderline crazy to claim otherwise. So we need solutions, and sustainable ones at that.