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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 28 2013: Internet voting is inevitable. Democrats and Republicans can agree that Internet voting is extremely likely for the future of America‚Äôs election process. It is not a matter of IF it will happen, but rather WHEN it will happen. Although it is bound to happen, should internet voting being the only option? No. I believe that Americans should not be forced to do anything concerning voting. Voting is a basic American right. If citizens are forced to vote at the polls or forced to vote online, it takes away the basic right of choice. Although internet voting is inevitable(and in my opinion an interesting concept), citizens should have the right to cast their ballots by other means. They should not be restricted to a single voting method.

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