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Accessible ElectionsHow the States Can Help Americans Vote$
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Michael Ritter and Caroline J. Tolbert

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780197537251

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780197537251.001.0001

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Accessible Elections and Voter Turnout

Accessible Elections and Voter Turnout

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Accessible Elections

Michael Ritter

Oxford University Press

Chapter 4 evaluates the impact of convenience voting laws (in-person early voting, no-excuse absentee/mail voting, and same day registration) and election administration on individual-level voter turnout change from the 2010 to 2014 midterm elections and the 2008 to 2012 presidential elections using lagged panel models. Results show that non-voters are more likely to become voters when living in states with absentee/mail voting, in-person early voting, same day registration, and high-quality election administration, controlling for other factors. Same day registration is the most important of the three in both midterm and presidential elections, while early voting and absentee/mail voting have the largest effects in midterm elections.

Keywords:   voter turnout, political participation, midterm versus presidential elections, convenience voting, early voting, absentee voting, mail voting, same day registration, election reform

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