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5. Participation

5.9 E-participation

Last update: 28 November 2023

Experiments with electronic voting have been carried out twice in Norway, in the municipal council and county council elections in 2011 and in the parliamentary elections in 2013. A separate regulation, issued on the basis of the Election Act § 15-1, regulated the experiments. The Parliament voted against further use of online voting in 2014.

The Election Law Committee whose mandate was to make a proposal for a new election law and consider changes to the election system, and which submitted its report NOU 2020: 6 Free and secret elections - New election law on 27. May 2020, has recommended not to introduce electronic voting. However, the Committe did recommend that secure solutions for electronic voting at polling stations should be investigated further, among other things to improve accessability for voters with disabilities

Polls or online petitions are commonly used both by adults and youth in political processes, but there is no existing legal framework or key policy programmes enabling or encouraging young people to participate in political processes online.