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Mobile voting would attract an additional half million voters

27. May 2010

An additional half million voters would be able to participate in this year’s elections if they could vote via their mobile phones. That was the number of people from the Internet community who said that they won’t make the elections, but would participate if they could do so remotely via their mobile. Most of them would vote via SMS. This possibility to influence the Czech political scene would be used by 55% of those who would otherwise not vote. 41% of current non-voters would use an Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system.

An additional half million voters would be able to participate in this year’s elections if they could vote via their mobile phones. That was the number of people from the Internet community who said that they won’t make the elections, but would participate if they could do so remotely via their mobile. Most of them would vote via SMS. This possibility to influence the Czech political scene would be used by 55% of those who would otherwise not vote.

41% of current non-voters would use an Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system. An Internet voting application would motivate 65% of mobile Internet users to vote who wouldn’t otherwise.

These statistics come from a Vodafone Zoom survey focused on the Internet community that was conducted by the Data Collect agency for Vodafone from among 700 respondents.

SMS voting would be used mostly by voters for ČSSD (the Social Democrats). Mobile Internet users would most likely vote for ODS (the Civic Democrats). The least number of voters interested in voting via mobile technology would vote for SPOZ (Zeman’s Civic Rights party).

Interest in having a direct telephone number to politicians, and belonging to the corresponding leader, was expressed by the majority of voting parties who are also largely willing to pay at least a symbolic amount to have the phone number for ‘their’ politician.

More than four-fifths of the respondents will be actively interested in the results of the parliamentary elections. One-third of those will look for the results via mobile Internet.