Getting Out the Vote in Local Elections: Results from Six Door-to-Door Canvassing Experiments
Donald P. Green
Columbia University - Department of Political Science
Yale University - Department of Political Science
University of Notre Dame
December 22, 2008
The Journal of Politics, Vol. 65, No. 4, pp. 1083-1096, 2003
Prior to the November 6, 2001 elections, randomized voter mobilization experiments were conducted in Bridgeport, Columbus, Detroit, Minneapolis, Raleigh, and St. Paul. Names appearing on official lists of registered voters were randomly assigned to treatment and control groups. A few days before Election Day, the treatment group received a face-to-face contact from a coalition of nonpartisan student and community organizations, encouraging them to vote. After the election, voter turnout records were used to compare turnout rates among people assigned to treatment and control groups. Consistent with the recent experimental results reported by Gerber and Green (2000b), the findings here indicate that face-to-face voter mobilization was effective in stimulating voter turnout across a wide spectrum of local elections.
Keywords: GOTV, field experiment, randomization, voter turnout, voter mobilization, local elections
JEL Classification: C93Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: December 22, 2008
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