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Making Young Voters: The Impact of Preregistration on Youth Turnout

dc.contributor.author Holbein, JB
dc.contributor.author Hillygus, DS
dc.date.accessioned 2015-08-21T14:18:06Z
dc.date.issued 2016-03-01
dc.identifier.issn 0092-5853
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10161/10420
dc.description.abstract © 2016 by the Midwest Political Science Association.Recent research has cast doubt on the potential for various electoral reforms to increase voter turnout. In this article, we examine the effectiveness of preregistration laws, which allow young citizens to register before being eligible to vote. We use two empirical approaches to evaluate the impact of preregistration on youth turnout. First, we implement difference-in-difference and lag models to bracket the causal effect of preregistration implementation using the 2000-2012 Current Population Survey. Second, focusing on the state of Florida, we leverage a discontinuity based on date of birth to estimate the effect of increased preregistration exposure on the turnout of young registrants. In both approaches, we find preregistration increases voter turnout, with equal effectiveness for various subgroups in the electorate. More broadly, observed patterns suggest that campaign context and supporting institutions may help to determine when and if electoral reforms are effective.
dc.relation.ispartof American Journal of Political Science
dc.relation.isversionof 10.1111/ajps.12177
dc.title Making Young Voters: The Impact of Preregistration on Youth Turnout
dc.type Journal article
pubs.begin-page 364
pubs.end-page 382
pubs.issue 2
pubs.organisational-group Duke
pubs.organisational-group Political Science
pubs.organisational-group Sanford School of Public Policy
pubs.organisational-group Sanford School of Public Policy - Secondary Group
pubs.organisational-group Staff
pubs.organisational-group Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
pubs.publication-status Published
pubs.volume 60
dc.identifier.eissn 1540-5907


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