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The diffusion of internet voting. Usage patterns of internet voting in Estonia between 2005 and 2015

Vassil, Kristjan and Solvak, Mihkel and Vinkel, Priit and Trechsel, Alexander H. and Alvarez, R. Michael (2016) The diffusion of internet voting. Usage patterns of internet voting in Estonia between 2005 and 2015. Government Information Quarterly, 33 (3). pp. 453-459. ISSN 0740-624X. https://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20161103-131504908

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Abstract

E-voting has the potential to lower participation thresholds and increase turnout, but its technical complexity may produce other barriers to participation. Using Rogers' theory of the diffusion of innovations, we examined how the use of e-voting has changed over time. Data from eight e-enabled elections between 2005 and 2015 in Estonia, were used to investigate changes to the profile of e-voters and contrast them to those voting by conventional means. Owing to the aggregate share of e-voters increasing with each election, with one third of voters now casting their vote remotely over the internet, there was a lack of conclusive evidence regarding whether the new voting technology had diffused homogenously among the voting population, or remained a channel for the resourceful and privileged. Our findings show that diffusion has taken place, but not until after the first three e-enabled elections. Thus, internet voting has the potential to be used by a wide range of voter types, bridge societal divisions, and emerge as an inclusive innovative voting technology.


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Additional Information:© 2016 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Inc. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/). Received 28 December 2015; Received in revised form 21 June 2016; Accepted 22 June 2016; Available online 12 July 2016. This research was supported by Estonian Research Council grant nr. PUT523.
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Subject Keywords:Internet voting; E-voting; Diffusion; Voting behavior
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Official Citation:Kristjan Vassil, Mihkel Solvak, Priit Vinkel, Alexander H. Trechsel, R. Michael Alvarez, The diffusion of internet voting. Usage patterns of internet voting in Estonia between 2005 and 2015, Government Information Quarterly, Volume 33, Issue 3, July 2016, Pages 453-459, ISSN 0740-624X, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.giq.2016.06.007. (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0740624X1630096X)
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