The Impact of State Party Organization on the Voting Experience

19 Pages Posted: 19 Jul 2010 Last revised: 31 Jul 2010

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Paul S. Herrnson

University of Maryland

Richard G. Niemi

University of Rochester

Kelly Pattterson

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: 2010

Abstract

Nowhere in the U.S. is federalism more evident than in the administration of elections, as the Constitution and historical practice leave this largely in the hands of the states (and even counties within states). Consequently, voters across jurisdictions are likely to have different experiences at the polls. We examine the impact of state party organization, as described by Mayhew, on the frequency of partisan vs. non-partisan elections, the number of ballot propositions, and other election characteristics; on administrative issues such as ballot layout, voting system type, and voting method; and on public evaluations of the voting experience and election reform. Using a national survey of 2,000 individuals combined with information about ballots and voting systems, we find that state party organizations and cultures have a significant impact on numerous aspects of voting.

Suggested Citation

Herrnson, Paul S. and Niemi, Richard G. and Pattterson, Kelly, The Impact of State Party Organization on the Voting Experience (2010). APSA 2010 Annual Meeting Paper, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1644102

Paul S. Herrnson (Contact Author)

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Richard G. Niemi

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Kelly Pattterson

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