In a UK first voters are being given ballot papers with a QR code.

Those in the South East will get a ballot paper with a party emblem that can be read by a smartphone. The QR code with a website link has been incorporated into the emblem of the party YOURvoice which is standing in the 2014 European Elections.

The Electoral Commission who approved the emblem after the application by YOURvoice have confirmed this is a first for voting in the UK.

Dr Jonathan Bright of the Oxford Internet Institute has questioned whether people should still be making up their mind as they vote.

Julian James of YOURvoice believes that Dr Bright has missed the point. With over 1 in 4 people casting their vote by post in the 2009 European Elections, it’s postal voters with time to consider their options who stand to gain most from easy access to information. What better way to reduce barriers between party and voter than to use links to party websites on the ballot paper? Internet voting? For that you’ll have to check out