Michael J. Pitts
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
June 29, 2011
Hofstra Law Review, Vol. 39, No. 4, p. 897, 2011
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law Research Paper No. 2012-03
This article proposes a new system of casting ballots at elections: opt-out voting. Opt-out voting would change the default rule for voting. Currently most registered voters go to a polling place to select a candidate. In contrast, opt-out voting would randomly pre-select a candidate for each registered voter and then allow the registered voter to switch the ballot to his or her preferred candidate. This article theorizes that switching to opt-out voting could lead to an increase in voter turnout, especially in local elections. This article argues that increasing participation, particularly on the local level, would be a positive change because it would make the voting electorate more representative of the population as a whole.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 41
Keywords: voting, voter turnoutAccepted Paper Series
Date posted: June 29, 2011 ; Last revised: March 9, 2012
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