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According to the U.S. Census Bureau, fewer than half of eligible adults with family incomes of less than $20,000 per year voted in the 2012 presidential election, whereas voter participation among households with incomes of more than $75,000 was 77 percent.The proposed solutions typically focus on digital technology, which many claim would boost voter participation, by lowering the costs of voting.In Estonia, which is widely considered to be a leader in the use of voting technology, almost one-quarter of all votes in the 2011 parliamentary election were cast online.Yet the actual impact of such technology on voter participation remains dubious. Although the rate of online voting in Estonia increased by nearly 20 percent between the 2007 and 2011 elections there, overall voter turnout increased by fewer than two percentage points (from 61.9 percent to 63.5 percent). Such technology doesn't reduce costs only for voters; it also reduces costs for the state, making it easier than ever to conduct elections.It is not yet clear whether voting technology actually does spur greater voter participation.
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