Tick, tock; tick, tock. That's the sound of 2007 fast approaching. What are the good elections people of the Department for Constitutional Affairs doing? I haven't the foggiest.
They haven't updated their website since 19th October. But the timetable they published in the prospectus for the 2007 pilots said that decisions would be made on applications by 7th December.
Speaking to the BBC, the minister responsible Bridget Prentice said that she would make a decision within a month or so of an interview broadcast 26th November. So this implied that that they were behind the published timetable but could still make an announcement in 2006. But it isn't to be.
The published timetable was already ridiculously tight but now with slips like this the time available for implementation is bordering on the insane. About the same as the previous e-voting pilots then!
2007 looks to be a rather interesting year for e-voting in the UK. A very Happy New Year to all!