Assessing Voters’ Attitudes towards Electronic Voting in Latin America: Evidence from Colombia’s 2007 E-Voting Pilot

  • R. Michael Alvarez
  • Gabriel Katz
  • Ricardo Llamosa
  • Hugo E. Martinez
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5767)

Abstract

Electronic voting could increase citizens’ electoral participation and trust in countries characterized by fragile democratic institutions and public discredit of the political system such as those in Latin America. This paper examines attitudes towards e-voting among participants in a large scale pilot project conducted in Colombia in 2007, focusing on the perceived reliability and usability of different automated voting technologies. Using a multivariate probit model, we determine the effect of socio-demographic, geographic and technical factors on users’ evaluations of electronic voting vis a vis the traditional paper ballot system. Our results show that users find e-voting not only easier than the current voting system, but also substantially more reliable. While voters’ opinions on usability are driven by technical issues, their trust in the new technologies is strongly affected by individual characteristics. We conclude that e-voting entails a promising opportunity to empower voters and increase confidence in elections in Colombia.

Keywords

e-voting pilot Latin America multivariate probit reliability usability trust in government voter confidence 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Michael Alvarez
    • 1
  • Gabriel Katz
    • 1
  • Ricardo Llamosa
    • 2
  • Hugo E. Martinez
    • 2
  1. 1.DHSS, DHSS 228-77California Institute of TechnologyPasadenaUSA
  2. 2.CIDLISUniversidad Industrial de SantanderColombia

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