“Delivering innovative but intuitive solutions in the election space requires clarity and focus. Modern Democracy’s approach and support gave our team the control to perform with real visibility and confidence.”
“Modern Democracy work alongside your elections team to provide an excellent voter experience”
Cabinet Office: Voter ID Pilots 2018 and 2019
Mid Sussex District Council: Voter ID Pilot 2019
Watford Borough Council: Voter ID Pilot 2018
Working with Watford Borough Council, as part of the pilot control group, to trial and refine our modern polling application.
Securing the Ballot
As a direct result of Sir Eric Pickles report – “Securing the Ballot” published in August 2016, the Government, led by the Cabinet Office, expressed their wish to implement a series of pilots, trialling the use of various different types of identification documents to help identify Voters as they arrived at the Polling Station with the aim of reducing voter fraud. Modern Democracy were excited at the prospect of working with one of our existing customers, Watford Borough Council, as part of the pilot control group, to trial and refine our new Modern Platform and Modern Polling application. We quickly formed a dedicated team of Election and Software professionals to undertake an analysis of Watford’s key requirements and design an appropriate digital alternative to the manual systems.
Sheffield City Council: Modern Polling
In May 2018 the Modern Polling platform was successfully used by Sheffield City Council for the fourth consecutive year. With the aim of transforming election day administration, Modern Polling was the first introduction of digital technology of its kind into polling stations in the UK. Its delivery of a secure, efficient election day and ability to provide real time visibility and insight to inform future elections, has earned it the 2018 Gold Innovation Award for transforming public service delivery.
Transforming the Traditional Administration of Polling Day
Throughout their years of experience in the electoral services industry, Modern Democracy saw a real problem faced by local councils and Election Managers. Namely, their struggle with paper-based systems of polling day administration. These systems were at their best slow, inefficient and unsecured, and at their worst, risked denying poll goers their right to vote. In 2014 Modern Democracy set out to work in conjunction with Sheffield City Council to understand how the delivery of Election Day could be improved and utilised by, what would be, the first ever introduction of digital technology of this type into UK polling stations.