US stats support growing role of net in elections

More than five million British votes could be won or lost on the

internet on 7 June, according to research published this week., an online political tool, has analysed research on last

year's US presidential election and concluded that as many as one in ten

people will use the internet to decide how to vote in the UK general


A VoxPolitics spokesman said the influence in the south-east of the

country may be even greater due to increased internet use in the UK's

most prosperous region.

If the research is accurate, the parties' ability to communicate to

voters online could decide the result of key marginal seats, where there

are particularly slender majorities.

VoxPolitics is supported by the Stationary Office, the Institute of

Public Policy Research, the Social Market Foundation and the Industrial


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