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September 17, 2007 | Becky Hogge

ORG @ Liberal Democrat party conference 2007

ORG arrives at the Lib Dem party conferenceConference season got off to a fine start this weekend, as ORG set off around the country to raise awareness among grassroots party activists of the issues e-voting and e-counting pose for our democracy.

The panelJohn Pugh MP, Tom Hawthorne (Electoral Commission) and ORG's very own Jason Kitcat were expertly chaired by William Heath, and addressed a packed house. Some in the audience had had direct experience of the May pilots, some had seen the chaos in Scotland, others came with experience of postal voting, or simply with doubts about how a dramatic change like electronic voting would affect their campaigning work.

questions from the floorYou can download audio of the proceedings in full (mp3, ogg) and there are more pictures from the event in the ORG Flickr pool.

Thanks to everyone who made the event run so smoothly, thanks to all the local supporters who showed up afterwards to celebrate with us and thanks to Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust Ltd for giving us the financial support to stage the event. Next stop, Bournemouth!

You can also listen here via our embedded media player:

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Comments (3)

  1. The Open Rights Group : Blog Archive » ORG @ Conservatives conference 2007:
    Oct 04, 2007 at 04:35 PM

    [...] As in Brighton with the Lib Dems and in Bournemouth with Labour, the vast majority of delegates we spoke to and who attended our event agreed with our approach to the issue. Questions from the floor revealed concerns with accessibility, future developments in cryptography and also the lack of trust in the existing, paper-based system. Some attendees even took our printed materials back to their local parties to help spread the word. [...]

  2. Geoff Taylor:
    May 31, 2009 at 06:14 PM

    I was astonished to see my name listed in the Google entry for this website.
    I was Chairman of Runnymede & Weybridge Lib-Dems from 1995 until 1997, and fought the '97 election on Lib-Dem behalf (losing to Philip Hammond).
    Can there now be another Geoff Taylor prominent in Lib-Dem circles?
    Geoff taylor. Pouzols-Minervois, 11120 France.

  3. The Open Rights Group : Blog Archive » Today: Westminster Hall debate on government software procurement:
    Oct 09, 2007 at 11:24 AM

    [...] John Pugh MP will today lead a Westminster Hall debate on government software procurement. The Liberal Democrat MP for Southport (and veteran speaker at ORG’s e-voting events) is a well know advocate of free and open source software. [...]

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