The parliamentary modernisation committee has issued a report that suggests fingerprint recognition as a voting method in the House of Commons. Other electronic options include smart cards, infra-red handsets and touch screens. The committee is investigating these and other methods as part of an initiative to update the democratic process. Euro MPs already have an electronic voting system, using a button on each desk in parliament. Under the present system, MPs pass through one of two division lobbies, where a clerk manually records the votes. Traditionalists argue that this allows ordinary MPs more access to the prime minister and cabinet ministers.
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