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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 27 2013: Before internet voting can become an effective and reliable method of voting, flaws, such has security, and people's concerns have to be worked out first. In the future though, internet voting will most likely become inevitable due to society's increasing dependence on technology. Internet voting will make it more convenient for people to vote during the work week and would give individuals the chance to vote who had difficulties prior to internet voting. College students and the youngest voting generation, which has the lowest voting participation, will receive the greatest benefit from internet voting because voting would become more convenient while away from home and they would adapt to it easily since they have grown up with modern technology.

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