Divergent Trends: E-Voting in the U.S. and the World


30 Jul 2013

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In this Google Hangout, experts will discuss the latest electronic and Internet voting technologies; how to overcome the challenges they pose; and prospects for their growth in the United States.

Questions to be covered include:


  • Why is the adoption of electronic voting technologies facing challenges in the United States while e-voting technologies are being considered and used with increasing frequency around the world?
  • What factors account for these diverging trends?
  • And what does this mean for e-voting in the U.S. and internationally?


Featured speakers:
Benjamin Goldsmith is IFES' Senior Electoral Adviser with over 10 years of experience advising and managing election administration projects in post conflict and developing democracies. An expert in election technology, Goldsmith formerly served as IFES Chief of Party in Kosovo and in Pakistan. He holds extensive experience in a number of different regions, including Europe, South Asia and the Middle East, and has managed projects in over 20 countries. Goldsmith has published numerous articles on elections, out-of-country voting and Central Asian politics. 

Thad Hall is an Associate Professor of political science at the University of Utah. He has authored and coauthored more than 40 research articles, book chapters and seven books, including: Point, Click, and Vote: The Future of Internet Voting and Electronic Elections: The Perils and Promise of Digital Democracy. His most recent book is Evaluating Elections: A Handbook of Methods and Standards.

Moderated by Rakesh Sharma, Director of IFES' Applied Research Center.