Open Evidence in consortium with RAND Europe has been commissioned to conduct the “Study on the benefits and drawbacks of remote voting solutions to support the preparation of a best practice guide for the use of digital tools to facilitate the exercise of EU citizens’ political rights”. The study is carried out on behalf of the Directorate-General Justice and Consumer of the European Commission.

This study will examine the extent to which remote voting solutions are employed in the European Member States, with a particular emphasis on Internet-voting, and it will analyse the legal, technological and social aspects related to them. This will allow us to identify the costs, risks and challenges of this type of solutions. The methodology will combine primary and secondary data and qualitative and quantitative methods. For example, evidence will come from review of the academic and grey literature and national laws and documents, in-depth interviews, case studies, and online surveys. Findings will be synthesised for the non-specialists and they will help to generate best practice guidelines and policy recommendations. This will feed into wider-ranging projects on the role of internet tools in stimulating democratic participation and to investigate how digital tools can contribute to the stronger and longer term engagement of citizens.