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Melissa Seideman

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Is Internet Voting Inevitable?

How might the internet alter U.S. democratic institutions, including how Americans get information about and even vote for their public officials in general elections, has been the subject of much debate in recent months. Online voting is one of the most controversial aspects in this debate- a subject that began in March 2000 when the Arizona Democratic Party allowed for the first time remote Internet voting in its presidential primary race.

The prospect of being able to vote "in your pajamas," as its been described captured the imagination of political leaders, technology innovators, and voters around the world.

Is internet voting inevitable? Do you think people should be forced to assemble at polling places in order to cast their ballots? Is there benefits from entering the "public sphere?"

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  • Oct 19 2013: In Oregon, US, where I live, we have universal voting by mail. It seems to work very well, doesn't involve weather or polling-place issues, and - at least so far - hasn't been corrupted. The skeptical are always free to call to verify that their vote has been counted. All one needs is a postal address to which a ballot may be sent. My 92 year-old mom doesn't participate in anything internet, is too frail to go to the polls, but she definitely can and does vote by mail. The system works.
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      Oct 19 2013: Really Neat! I wonder how many other places do voting by paper like that? Thanks so much for sharing the way you vote with my class discussion.

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