Paolo Feltrin Giuseppe Ieraci

Facilitating voting and electoral participation in Italy. On some possible measures to contrast involuntary and imposed abstentionism



Voter abstentionism and declining voter participation are widespread phenomena in European democracies. Recently, the decline in electoral participation has also reached alarming proportions in Italy. However, a non-negligible share of abstentionism is not due to political attitudes or protest, but simply to objective impediments to going to the polling stations. These impediments include work and study in locations other than that of residence and electoral registration, as well as illness or physical immobility. The article emphasizes the possibility of limiting this imposed or involuntary abstentionism by using postal voting, deferred voting or free voting at any polling station, and above all by introducing digital voting supported by web platforms


  • Abstentionism
  • Italy
  • Postal Voting
  • Deferred Voting
  • Digital Voting


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