Supporting Voting Decisions: Two Municipal Referendum Websites
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Two Dutch municipal referendum websites were evaluated with regard to their potential for supporting voting decisions. The websites embodied different approaches to information provision. Both approaches showed disadvantages. In particular, the websites fell short on ‘argumentative empowerment’, in the one case by not providing any argumentative frames within which information could be evaluated, in the other by providing information solely within the argumentative frame of the municipality.
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