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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 Campaign Mobilization

Accessible Elections and Campaign Mobilization

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Accessible Elections

Michael Ritter

Oxford University Press

Beyond voting, can state convenience voting methods and election administration quality impact voter turnout by shaping the voter recruitment strategies of political campaigns? Using 2010, 2012, and 2014 Cooperative Congressional Election Studies surveys that include information on whether an individual was contacted by a campaign preceding an election, this study provides a direct test of how state election law and administration variation affects voter mobilization. Statistical models analyze how the laws and election administration impact mobilization, and then evaluate whether individuals who were contacted by a campaign (versus not contacted) are more likely to vote. The results show that convenience voting laws (no-excuse absentee/mail voting and same day registration) and an increase in the quality of state election administration encourage political campaigns to contact more individuals in general, in addition to the poor, and that being contacted by a campaign through these factors increases the probability of voting.

Keywords:   voter mobilization, campaigns, parties, voter recruitment, voter turnout, convenience voting, early voting, absentee vote, same day registration, Cooperative Congressional Election Study

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