The digital age is transforming the electoral process. It’s brought us online voting and opened up communication between citizens and politicians. But access to voting remains unequal, and social polarization and civic disengagement are on the rise. Toxicity in digital political spaces is only growing, with women and racialized politicians and candidates in particular bearing the brunt of abuse. In an era when “democratic backsliding” has gathered steam around the world, and the stresses of the COVID-19 pandemic have tested democracies, what can we do to nudge, rather than force, people to the voting booth? We know times of crisis affect voter turnout. What can we do about it? How can we better foster representation and participation in our democracy?
In this feature series, experts from a variety of sectors explore the challenges facing the modern electoral process and what we can do to keep our democracy healthy.
Support for this series was provided in part by the Samara Centre for Democracy.