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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 29 2013: Internet voting is inevitable in my opinion. I belive that it will go a long way to increasing voter turnout. Allowing voters to vote at their own convinience during the day will attract far more voters, as they won't be constrained by obligations on a Tuesday. I do think that it is necessary to retain the traditional forms of voting, for those who cannot access the internet to vote.

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