The impact of e-voting on turnout: Insights from the Belgian case

Regis Dandoy

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Abstract

Even in countries where compulsory voting is applied, one can observe large variations in turnout across electoral districts. This paper analyses turnout rates and the number of invalid votes in local elections in Belgium and tests whether differences across municipalities can be explained by e-voting. Taking into account various elements related to the electoral system, political competition and socio-demographic factors, multivariate models demonstrate that turnout decreases in municipalities where e-voting is used. This is true for all election years (1994-2012) and the paper also finds out that the negative effect of e-voting on turnout increases over time.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2014 1st International Conference on eDemocracy and eGovernment, ICEDEG 2014
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Pages29-37
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9783907589168
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event2014 1st International Conference on eDemocracy and eGovernment, ICEDEG 2014 - Quito, Ecuador
Duration: 2014 Apr 242014 Apr 25

Other

Other2014 1st International Conference on eDemocracy and eGovernment, ICEDEG 2014
CountryEcuador
CityQuito
Period14/4/2414/4/25

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Keywords

  • compusory voting
  • e-voting
  • local elections
  • turnout

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration

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Dandoy, R. (2014). The impact of e-voting on turnout: Insights from the Belgian case. In 2014 1st International Conference on eDemocracy and eGovernment, ICEDEG 2014 (pp. 29-37). [6819940] IEEE Computer Society. https://doi.org/10.1109/ICEDEG.2014.6819940