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Accessible Elections: How the States Can Help Americans Vote

Michael Ritter and Caroline J. Tolbert


This book explores the wide variation across states in convenience voting methods—absentee/mail voting, in-person early voting, same day registration—and provides new empirical analysis of the beneficial effects of these policies, not only in increasing voter turnout overall, but for disadvantaged groups. By measuring both convenience methods and implementation of the laws, the book improves on previous research. It draws generalizable conclusions about how these laws affect voter turnout by using population data from the fifty state voter files. Using individual vote histories, the design hel ... More

Keywords: election reform, voting rights, voter turnout, inequality, political participation, Election Performance Index

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780197537251
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780197537251.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Ritter, author
Assistant Professor of Political Science, Washington State University

Caroline J. Tolbert, author
Professor of Political Science, University of Iowa