Voting Made Safe and Easy: The Impact of e-voting on Citizen Perceptions

Author(s): 
R. Michael Alvarez, Caltech
Ines Levin, University of Georgia
Julia Pomares, Center for Implementation of Public Policities Promoting Equity and Growth, Marcelo Leiras, Universidad de San Andres and Conicet
Journal: 
Political Science Research and Methods
pp: 
117-137
Status: 
Published

AbstractVoting technologies frame the voting experience. Different ways of presenting information to voters, registering voter choices and counting ballots may change the voting experience and cause individuals to re-evaluate the legitimacy of the electoral process. Yet few field experiments have evaluated how voting technologies affect the voting experience. This article uses unique data from a recent e-voting field experiment in Salta, Argentina to study these questions. It employs propensity-score matching methods to measure the causal effect of replacing traditional voting technology with e-voting on the voting experience. The study's main finding is that while e-voters perceive the new technology as easier to use and more likely to register votes as intended—and support replacing traditional voting technologies with e-voting—the new technologies also raise some concerns about ballot secrecy.

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