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UK voters should be allowed to use their broadband connections to participate in local and national elections, according to one internet service provider.

Virgin Media Business has claimed that with the turnout for local elections dropping to 20 per cent in some areas, the government should turn to the internet to increase voter engagement.

The firm highlighted the results of a YouGov survey, which indicated that 43 per cent of citizens believe online voting should now be permitted in the UK.

When asked the same question in 2005, just 19 per cent of respondents thought people should be able to vote using their broadband connections.

Lee Hull, Director of Public Sector at Virgin Media Business, commented: "When you consider that most people will use the web to research politicians, register to vote, and check-in at polling stations, it seems mad that we still can't cast our votes online.

"The public has become used to using the internet for shopping, banking, and entertainment, many of us even used the internet to fill in the census."

He claimed that introducing e-voting is "the next logical step", which should stand us in great stead for the future.

Back in 2007, a number of local authorities participated in a pilot scheme testing phone and broadband voting, however the Electoral Commission raised concerns over the security of the process.

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