Helping America vote? The institutional design of elections and recent reforms
Vonnahme, Greg William
Stein, Robert M.
Doctor of Philosophy
This project focuses on the effects of recent electoral reforms on voter participation. The project specifically examines three aspects of election administration, which are voter registration deadlines, early voting, and Election Day vote centers. The project builds from recent theoretical advances in the study of turnout to better understand the effects of the reforms and also suggests areas for future research. The project also analyzes aggregate and survey data using matching methods to test the effects of the reforms. The results suggest that registration deadlines and Election Day vote centers increase turnout, particularly for less politically engaged individuals, while early voting seems to negatively affect turnout.