Electronic voting and digital identity in Italy: a study in Digital Politics

Researcher Giuseppe Borriello of the University of Naples has published a study on the transition to electronic voting in Italy and its impact on democracy. The paper examines types of electronic voting, past experiments and the evolution of democratic participation through this technology.

Electronic voting in democratic systems

Researcher Giuseppe Borriello of the University of Naples Federico II, published a study entitled “SPID Vote: Fast Democracy and Digital Identity for Citizens in Italy.” for the journal Digital Politics. The research provides an evolutionary reading of the introduction of electronic voting in Italy and its implications for the political system.

The paper is divided into two parts. In the first part, the different types of electronic voting are defined and a historical reconstruction of the main experiments carried out in Italy is proposed, with a focus on remote voting solutions related to the diffusion of digital identity for citizens. This is followed by an in-depth look at private platforms in this area, such as Eligo eVoting, highlighting the importance that electronic and online voting systems have acquired and are acquiring in the market.

The second part of the research introduces the concept of “fast democracy,” which links the spread of electronic voting systems to a more general process of transformation of representative democratic systems, leading to more direct and rapid citizen participation. The research identifies three empirical variables that are studied for Italy to clarify the concept.

In conclusion, the study provides valuable insights into the introduction of electronic voting in Italy and its impact on the political system.

Download the research here