Effects of the Internet on Participation: Study of a Public Policy Referendum in Brazil

This paper  by World Bank is about the effects of online voting on voting participation. It is a result of a research done in Brazil. The group of people that have been interviewed consist of the voters that have voted in the annual participatory budgeting vote in the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil. They have been asked if they still would have voted even if it was not done on the Internet. The results suggest that online voting had a great effect on the mobilization of voters. The research also suggests that sociological aspects of the voters, such as age, gender, income, education, and social media are important in determining their approach towards online voting. This way we can conclude whether sociological voting has effects on

The research also suggests that sociological properties of the voters, such as age, gender, income, education, and social media usage are important in determining their approach towards online voting. This way we can conclude whether sociological voting has effects on voting behaviour of the citizens.

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