The government is to run a Parliamentary inquiry into the practicalities of electronic voting.

The House of Commons Constitutional Affairs Committee will review the first steps towards electronic voting, working with a sub-committee of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. They have requested public testimony and evidence by 14 January. The government has long prized the benefits of e-government, though it has consistently failed ot meet its own deadlines.

The inquiry will evaluate the merits of electronic registration systems compared to paper-based systems, and will consider whether to set up a national electoral register. Current electoral registers are compiled and held locally.

There will also be questions about how to secure the electoral register, and on the issue of national identity cards, the Parliamentary committees said.

Last month, the government proposed legislation that would create a system of ID cards that carry biometric identifiers in an embedded chip, linked to a massive national database to be created by 2010.

The committees are requesting that written evidence be submitted in an electronic format, preferably by e-mail, in either Word or Rich Text format. If you have something you want to say, you can email the inquiry at [email protected]