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Handbook of Digital Politics

Handbook of Digital Politics

Edited by Stephen Coleman and Deen Freelon

It would be difficult to imagine how a development as world-changing as the emergence of the Internet could have taken place without having some impact upon the ways in which politics is expressed, conducted, depicted and reflected upon. The Handbook of Digital Politics explores this impact in a series of chapters written by some of the world's leading Internet researchers. This volume is a must-read for students, researchers and practitioners interested in the changing landscape of political communication.

Chapter 7: Internet voting: the state of the debate

Thad Hall

Subjects: innovation and technology, innovation policy, technology and ict, politics and public policy, public choice


Over the past 18 years the debate over internet voting has developed from one centered on the theoretical benefits and perils related to its adoption to a debate where real data can be used to inform the discussion. During this time, internet voting trials have been conducted in countries across the world. Although countries such as Estonia and Switzerland are currently using internet voting, fears remain about its feasibility and longevity. This chapter discusses the main trade-offs involved in the debate over internet voting: security of the ballots and the system, and whether voting over the internet limits accessibility for citizens.

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