Who Are the Internet Voters?

Uwe Serdült, Micha Germann, Maja Harris, Fernando Mendez, Alicia Portenier

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationElectronic Government and Electronic Participation
EditorsEfthimios Tambouris, et al.
Place of PublicationAmsterdam, Netherlands
PublisherIOS Press
Pages27-41
ISBN (Print)9781614995692
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Publication series

Name Innovation and the Public Sector
Volume22

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