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ISSN: 0867-0617    OAI    DOI: 10.18276/ap.2015.31-05

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The Application of Internet in Electoral Procedures: a Theoretical Perspective. The Case of e-Voting

Authors: Magdalena Musiał-Karg
Uniwersytet im. Adama Mickiewicza, Wydział Nauk Politycznych i Dziennikarstwa
Keywords: electronic democracy e-democracy electronic voting e-voting
Year of publication:2015
Page range:18 (77-94)
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From the 1970s, the world has been undergoing the so-called “digital revolution”generally understood as the change from the me chanical and electronic technologies tothe high tech, digital ones. The role of ICT has so gained in importance that some theoreticians of democracy speak of the necessity of paradigm changing as regards both the understanding of a democratic system and introdu-cing the notion of electronic democracy(e-democracy). The aim of this text is analyzing the electronic voting (e-voting) as one of important forms of electronic democracy. The article attempts at approaching several research questions. First, what is the impact of ICT on voting procedures? Secondly, what is the essence of electronic voting and what are its main features? Finally, what are the advantage sand fears related to e-voting systems? This paper gives a theoretical overview of the electronic democracy and electronic voting, and demonstrates their essence, characteristics, goals. The author tries to present and critically assess the main drawbacks and problems of the existing e-voting systems.The theoretical considerations framework is based mainly on the concept of electronic democracy created by Martin Hagen. With reference to electronic voting, the author of this article uses definitions as given either by the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, or the Competence Center for Electronic Voting and Participation. She also uses definitions constructed by Andrzej Kaczmarczyk, an e-voting expert.  
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