Sins of Omission: Abstention in Democratic Institutions

20 Pages Posted: 23 Jul 2016  

Grant M. Hayden

Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of Law

Date Written: 2016

Abstract

Assumptions regarding the effect of an abstention guide the theory and practice of abstention across the full range of democratic decisionmaking. Sometimes, however, these assumptions are false, and may prevent voters from achieving their objectives. This Article examines the effect that abstention has under common voting procedures, dispelling many assumptions that voters make about the effect of an abstention.

Keywords: elections, voting procedures, voting – abstention, effect of abstention, mistaken abstention, absolute quotas, relative quotas, No-Show Paradox, Robert’s Rules of Order, plurality runoffs, democratic decisionmaking

Suggested Citation

Hayden, Grant M., Sins of Omission: Abstention in Democratic Institutions (2016). University of Illinois Law Review, Vol. 2016, No. 2, 2016; SMU Dedman School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 311. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2813294

Grant M. Hayden (Contact Author)

Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of Law ( email )

P.O. Box 750116
Dallas, TX 75275
United States

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