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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: Although internet voting has the ability to greatly increase Americas voter turnout, there are so many factors that will prevent people from voting online. These factors include the lack of security and the inaccesability to cast their vote from an electronic device. When dealing with the worldwide web, it is not exactly easy to protect your personal identity. Secondly, a large margin of the older population is not familiar with today's technology and therefore internet voting is of no use to the elderly home bound. Conclusively, while online voting could open the eyes of Americans to a whole new world, the funding required for such an idea is not available, especially if many are not going o take advantage of the new opportunity.

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