Democracy in Decline: Can Internet Voting Save the Electoral Process?

43 Pages Posted: 15 Sep 2004  

Bryan Christopher Mercurio

Chinese University of Hong Kong - Faculty of Law; University of New South Wales - Faculty of Law

Abstract

This article evaluates the ability of Internet voting to improve the electoral process by comparing it against traditional methods of voting currently used. In order to clearly understand electoral issues, the article briefly describes the criteria needed in order to conduct a successful election. It then introduces and defines the different forms of Internet voting used in the context of this article before introducing and analyzing some major faults with the election system, including its discriminatory effect on minority and disabled voters.

The article then evaluates the promise of Internet voting as a solution to these faults while also reviewing and substantially discrediting the perceived problems with implementing Internet voting. The article concludes by putting forward several proposals leading to the gradual introduction of Internet voting into the electoral landscape.

Keywords: Internet voting, e-voting, democracy, discrimination, electoral law

JEL Classification: K10, O3, K30

Suggested Citation

Mercurio, Bryan Christopher, Democracy in Decline: Can Internet Voting Save the Electoral Process?. John Marshall Journal of Computer & Information Law, 2004. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=590441

Bryan Christopher Mercurio (Contact Author)

Chinese University of Hong Kong - Faculty of Law ( email )

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Shatin, New Territories
Hong Kong
(852) 2696 1139 (Phone)

University of New South Wales - Faculty of Law

Kensington, New South Wales 2052
Australia

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