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Advances in technology have created challenges for voting. Although such advances allow votes to be counted more quickly and with less human error, concerns involving technological problems and accuracy, privacy, and surveillance have arisen. The United States is one of the few developed nations to proceed with the use of nonpaper ballots in voting and as such is the focus of this entry—although many nations are taking steps toward designing ways of voting in an increasingly technologically sophisticated world.

Voting in the United States

The decentralized nature of government in the United States makes the implementation and management of voting systems particularly difficult. Different counties and localities in the United States assume much of the responsibility for managing voting and voting systems. Such decentralization was on display ...

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