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Facing the Challenge of DemocracyExplorations in the Analysis of Public Opinion and Political Participation$
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Paul M. Sniderman and Benjamin Highton

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780691151106

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691151106.001.0001

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The Effects of Registration Laws on Voter Turnout

The Effects of Registration Laws on Voter Turnout

An Updated Assessment

(p.312) XIII The Effects of Registration Laws on Voter Turnout
Facing the Challenge of Democracy

Matthew R. Knee

Donald P. Green

Princeton University Press

This chapter uses new data and more up-to-date statistical models to reevaluate the effects of closing date and Election Day registration (EDR) on voter turnout. It discusses alternative modeling strategies of registration deadlines and takes a fresh look at the impact of closing dates and EDR during the period 1980–2006. In particular, the chapter explores the consequences of changing the analytic focus from cross-sectional comparisons of different states at a given point in time to cross-temporal comparisons of each state over time. In comparison to earlier studies, this chapter suggests that closing dates and Election Day registration have limited effects on turnout.

Keywords:   closing dates, Election Day registration, voter turnout, alternative modeling strategies, registration deadlines

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