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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 25 2013: I think Internet voting is inevitable eventually, because it will make voting more accessible, especially for people working multiple jobs or have long shifts, as well as people who are traveling. At a time when voter turnout is so low, this could be the key to ensuring more people are able to vote. However, I do believe that it may take a while before it takes hold, because of all the skepticism about security and the huge financial costs.

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