Online Democracy, Is it Viable? Is it Desirable? Internet Voting and Normative Democratic Theory

In this paper, Hubertus Buchstein explores the policy making possibilities electronic voting brings. For doing this he focuses on online voting procedures.

While pointing out policy options, he mentions the concept of ‘multi-channel voting‘, that can be summarised as merging several types of voting systems. Multi-channel voting seems as a suitable option for transitioning towards online voting, which brings an insight for our project.

He uses democracy theory to analytically understand online voting. He delves into the distinctions of internet voting such its contexts, forms, and status. This analytical framework is helpful for seeing how online/internet voting could fit into the structure of democracy realistically. Indeed, Buchstein criticises how technology developing actors are trying to push online voting carelessly into political systems. According to him, they overlook the challenges both technological and societal aspects of online voting implement.

Furthermore, he discusses the pros and cons of the subject matter. Although this paper doesn’t bring a considerably positive look on online voting, it is still useful as a detailed and a well structured resource.

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