Are remote voting systems truly democratic?

The paper analyzes the parliamentary remote voting systems which have been adopted by Spain, UK, European Union and United States of America. Particularly, the essay focuses on the effects that virtual procedures could have on the legislative process and on democracy itself. In fact, although in a sanitary emergency the normal parliamentary sessions ought to be revisited in order to safeguard the health of Assemblies’ members, the adoption of virtual meetings risks of not guaranteeing an adequate debate on the laws and daily issues which need to be appropriately discussed by each representative. Moreover, the use of an electronic voting could not completely assure the respect of secrecy, personality and freedom of ballots. In conclusion, the essay considers the adoption of remote voting systems a dangerous practice for the legislative process since up until now it did not guarantee an adequate debate between the members of Parliaments and did not always assure an equal and fair vote.