The Impact of New Technologies on Voter Confidence in Latin America: Evidence from E-voting Experiments in Argentina

Author(s): 
Julia Pomares
London School of Economics and Political Science
R. Michael Alvarez
Journal: 
Journal of Information, Technology and Politics
pp: 
1
Status: 
Published

We analyze trust in electronic voting in Latin America using data from two field experiments conducted in Argentina and Colombia. We find that voters generally exhibit high levels of confidence in e-voting, although this depends on individual characteristics such as age and education as well as on the particular type of technology used. We contrast our findings with those from industrialized democracies and show that conclusions derived from American and European e-voting experiences cannot be directly extrapolated to the Latin American context. Overall, our results suggest that e-voting could provide an attractive alternative to traditional voting procedures in the region.

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