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Who are the Internet Voters?


Serdült, Uwe; Germann, Micha; Mendez, Fernando; Harris, Maja; Portenier, Alicia (2015). Who are the Internet Voters? In: Tambouris, Efthimios; Scholl, Hans Jochen; Janssen, Marijn F W H A. Electronic government and electronic participation : joint proceedings of ongoing research of IFIP EGOV and IFIP ePart 2013, 16 - 19 September 2013 in Koblenz, Germany. Amsterdam: I O S Press, 27-41.

Abstract

Assessing the influence that socio-economic characteristics have on the division between traditional voters and those who choose to vote via the internet is crucial to political debate as well as for the future development of democracies. Does the introduction of internet voting technology simply widen the divide between voters and non-voters, further isolating the part of the electorate already underrepresented in the political process? We address these issues by reviewing the current state of research in 22 empirical studies relating internet voting to socio-economic variables. The results are not homogeneous but suggest that although socio-economic factors do play an important role in explaining the choice of voting channel, they are strongly moderated by the general use of and trust in the internet.

Abstract

Assessing the influence that socio-economic characteristics have on the division between traditional voters and those who choose to vote via the internet is crucial to political debate as well as for the future development of democracies. Does the introduction of internet voting technology simply widen the divide between voters and non-voters, further isolating the part of the electorate already underrepresented in the political process? We address these issues by reviewing the current state of research in 22 empirical studies relating internet voting to socio-economic variables. The results are not homogeneous but suggest that although socio-economic factors do play an important role in explaining the choice of voting channel, they are strongly moderated by the general use of and trust in the internet.

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Political Science
02 Faculty of Law > Centre for Democracy Studies Aarau (C2D)
08 Research Priority Programs > Digital Society Initiative
Dewey Decimal Classification:340 Law
Language:English
Date:2015
Deposited On:01 Feb 2016 13:25
Last Modified:18 Oct 2021 17:16
Publisher:I O S Press
Series Name:Innovation and the Public Sector
ISSN:1871-1073
ISBN:978-1-61499-569-2
OA Status:Green
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.3233/978-1-61499-570-8-27
Related URLs:http://ebooks.iospress.nl/volumearticle/40801 (Publisher)

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