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August 29, 2007 | Michael Holloway

Should we trust electronic elections?

Update: Supporter meetup venues and dates now confirmed - see you there!

ORG will tour the 3 major English political party’s conferences this Autumn, spreading our message that e-voting and e-counting systems are unwelcome developments in UK democracy. Ministers and representatives from the Electoral Commission will attend our fringe events to join a lively debate on electronic elections. But we need your help. We need you to invite your MPs, MEPs and councillors to discuss the issue and share their views. It took me less than 10 minutes to use writetothem to invite my MP. Event details are copied in below, and we also have letter-writing guidelines to help you out.

Party conference events are restricted to holders of expensive tickets, but ORG couldn’t miss this opportunity to meet up with local supporters, so we’re organising meet-ups in Brighton, Bournemouth and Blackpool. Please get in touch if you can join us, especially if you know a suitable venue! In addition, we need local volunteers to help flyer conference delegates and encourage them to join our fringe events.

ORG fringe event at Liberal Democrat Autumn Conference 2007 - Brighton

When: 13.00 – 14.00, Sunday 16 September 2007 Where: Glyndebourne 2, Holiday Inn Hotel Panel: Jason Kitcat, Jon Pugh MP and Tom Hawthorn (Electoral Commission)

Supporter meetup: 16.00, Sunday 16 September at The Black Lion, 14 Black Lion St, Brighton

ORG fringe event at Labour Party Annual Conference 2007 - Bournemouth

When: 20:00 – 23:00, Wednesday 26 September 2007 Where: Bay View Suite, De Vere Royal Bath Hotel Panel: Michael Wills MP (Invited), Andrew Scallan (Electoral Commission) and Jason Kitcat

Supporter meetup: Thursday 27 September. 1800-2100 at The Inferno, Holdenhurst Rd, Bournemouth.

ORG fringe event at Conservative Party Conference 2007 - Blackpool

When: 19.30 – 21.00, Tuesday 2 October 2007 Where: New Victorian Bar, Winter Gardens Panel: Jonathan Djanogly MP, Andrew Scallan (Electoral Commission) and Jason Kitcat

Supporter meetup: 1900-2100, Monday 1 October, The Saddle Inn, 286, Whitegate Drive, Blackpool

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Comments (3)

  1. Chris R:
    Aug 29, 2007 at 03:29 PM

    How about putting the town on the 'Where' sections above? You don't want supporters turning up in Brighton when they should be in Blackpool!

  2. The Open Rights Group : Blog Archive » ORG @ Liberal Democrat party conference 2007:
    Sep 17, 2007 at 04:24 PM

    [...] 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! [...]

  3. Michael:
    Sep 05, 2007 at 11:46 AM

    Thanks for useful pointer. I've had my head in organising these events
    for some time, and guess i assumed everyone knew were the parties held
    their conferences... but now corrected. Thanks again.



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