Will Voting Online Change Anything?

Virtual ballots are coming, but they won't cure apathy

Internet voting happens all the time, but usually it's confined to topics such as "Who is the cutest cast member of Party of Five?" Soon, however, people will be able to cast their ballot for President on the Internet. In March, Arizona Democrats will vote online in their state's presidential primary, and Florida and Washington are considering online voting. The military plans to allow a small test group of overseas soldiers to vote via the Internet this November.

The constituency pushing Internet voting is growing rapidly. There are civic-engagement enthusiasts who see it as a way to reverse the decline in...

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