• Political process: voting and elections, lobbying, open government and free movement of information

Electronic Voting


Electronic voting is also known as e-voting.

How does e-voting work?


IT systems needed for e-voting:
  • Special voting kiosks
  • Punch cards
  • Optical scan systems
  • Private computer networks (Internet)

Advantages:
  • Equality of access-improved accessibility for disabled people
  • speed (time saving)
  • easy to organize and store in an electronic format
Disadvantages:
  • the posibility of electronic fraud
  • data can be incorrectly input
  • People are reliable on machines and the Internet


Should E-voting machines be outlawed?


Opposition grows to paperless voting
E-voting does work
Is E-voting safe?
Irish reject E-voting, and go back to paper


Estonia claims E-voting first


Lobbying


Lobbying means using personal contacts, public pressure, or political action to persuade legislators to vote in a particular manner. This is usually done by e-mail via the internet to let people know/persuade about the votes in order to get as many votes as possible to be elected.
Lobbying via the internet is a good way of how to make sure that a lot of people will obtain the information. Moreover this form of lobbying is very cheap and effective because many people nowadays check their e-mail many times per day.

Eight ways technology shaped the 2008 US elections


How E-voting Works - TechStuff





  • Government administration: record keeping, tax collection, policy implementation

  • Legislation: policy development, enactment, enforcement and analysis

  • Police: DNA data collection, video surveillance

  • Military: cyberwarfare, smart weapons development, espionage

  • Rebel and terrorist use of IT