Margaret Beckett, leader of the House of Commons, is backing calls for the introduction of online voting following the poor turnout in recent local elections where only 30% of the electorate made the trip to the ballot box.

Recent GfK research reveals that online voting over the Internet could itself prove to be a vote winner.

In the survey, nearly half of all respondents said they would be prepared to vote online in UK national elections.

Rather than trekking to the local polling station, younger people especially indicated they would be keener to vote directly from their PC. More than half of 16 to 29 year olds and 55 per cent of respondents aged between 30 and 49, expressed an interest in voting online if the government provided such a service.

Men are more adventurous in terms of cyber-voting with 53 per cent of men indicating they would be prepared to cast their vote over the Internet compared to just 42 per cent of women.