Does the method of voting and/or surrounding factors of the election contribute to whether or not door-to-door mobilization increases voter participation?
In San Diego County certain voters are required to vote by mail while others live in traditional precincts and can vote by going to a polling place. In a field experiment to measure the effects of door-to-door canvassing get out the vote (GOTV) canvassers were randomly assigned to fifty traditional precincts and fifty vote-by-mail precincts. This was leading up to the November 2008 general election. Voting’s social rewards, such as campaign activity, the people running in the election, and the significance of the election, were also considered.
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