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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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  • Cali S

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    Oct 25 2013: I feel that Internet voting is not exactly inevitable. It seems likely that, due to the way our nation is technologically advancing, Internet voting will become a prominent part of our society and governmental structure. However, this does not mean it is destined or unavoidable. Personally, I feel that it is dangerous and unreliable. No matter how much time and money is put into technology, problems occur. This was reiterated by our guest speaker, who explained that the countries who have already implemented voting have experienced a lot of difficulty with its processes. I would love to see Internet voting work flawlessly, as it would most likely increase voter turnout considerably, but I am skeptical as to how this is possible.

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