What Are the Pros and Cons of Online Voting?

Online voting makes voting easier and usually increases voter turnout, especially among younger voters. However, online voting also comes with new security risks and the possibility of voter fraud and coercion that cannot be supervised by officials as at in-person voting locations.

Many proponents of online voting believe that it will increase voting by making it easier to do. For young people especially, who are used to using the Internet for many tasks, online voting appears to be a good option. In places now using online voting, voter turnout has increased significantly, reports CNN. Additionally, certain online voting systems allow voting at any time leading up to an election, or at any time on election day, allowing a voter with a busy work schedule the opportunity to vote even if she cannot make it to a polling location.

Online voting, as with other electronic systems, opens the voting process up to hacking and tampering not possible with paper ballots. Some commentators feel that hackers will go after online-voting systems simply for the fun of it. Online voting also brings up problems of identification and coercion. Even in places using national ID cards, a voter may let another person tell her who to vote for as she fills out online forms. Online voting is also a problem for people without Internet access.