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internet votes

Lifting a Finger for Democracy

By: Paul Pryce

People vote online a lot. They vote for the best cat videos and the best “celebrity bodies.” They vote in daily insta-polls on countless media websites. So it seems reasonable to expect they would vote online in, you know, democratic elections. But they don’t, much. It’s not for lack of trying to increase Internet balloting by governments and political parties. But as Paul Pryce reports, virtual voting has done little to boost turnout in real elections, while adding exorbitant costs and serious risks to the democratic process…

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