Internet Voting in Estonia, 2005-2019

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Thursday, October 24th, 2019

Thursday, October 24, 20192:00PM - 4:00PM108N, North House, Munk School of Global Affairs
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Internet voting in Estonia 2005-2019
How Does It Work and Why Does 50% of the Population Vote Online?

In 2005, Estonia was the first country in the world to offer universal remote internet voting in all national elections. Since then, the usage numbers have gradually grown in all e-enabled elections. A new milestone was reached in 2019 when close to 50% of all votes given were electronic. The lecture explores the uptake and usage patterns of internet voting, employing both survey and system log data on voter behavior. Specific attention is devoted to what drives usage growth given that every second vote in Estonia is now given online, but voter turnout has hardly changed over the course of 15 years of internet voting.

Mihkel Solvak (PhD) is a senior research fellow in technology studies and head of institute at the Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies. His research interest include remote internet voting, electoral behavior, uptake and diffusion patterns of digital public services, data driven and machine learning enabled public services. He is affiliated with the Center of IT Impact Studies (CITIS), a research group that prototypes and builds digital public services for Estonian e-government.


Mihkel Solvak, PhD
Director, Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies, University of Tartu, Estonia

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