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Opt-Out Voting


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

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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 turnout

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Date posted: June 29, 2011 ; Last revised: March 9, 2012

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Pitts, Michael J., Opt-Out Voting (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. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1874651

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Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law ( email )
530 West New York Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
United States

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