Internet voting in Estonia - A comparative analysis of four elections since 2005. Report for the Council of Europe
Title: Internet voting in Estonia - A comparative analysis of four elections since 2005. Report for the Council of Europe
Publisher: Council of Europe
Citation: Strasbourg, Council of Europe, 2010
Recent decade has seen an increasing interest in Internet voting from the scholarly point of view as well as form the perspective of policy makers. Some have argued that the introduction of e-voting breaks down the barriers hindering political participation and, through easy access to electoral process boosts turnout. Others have kept a more pessimistic view, claiming that e-voting affects only those few who are highly engaged in politics already. This study aims to shed light on the topics beyond this debate. In particular, our objective is to analyze the determinants that lead some citizens to opt for e-voting and others for traditional means of participation. We ask the question of who is voting online and how can we explain the choice of the voting channel? Only then are we able to provide a more scrutinized answer to the question of whether Internet voting indeed affects the aggregate levels of turnout.
in collaboration with Dr. Guido Schwerdt, Ifo Institute for Economic Research Dr. Fabian Breuer, GPPI Berlin and European University Institute Prof. Michael Alvarez, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena Prof. Thad Hall, University of Utah, Salt Lake City
Type of Access: openAccess