Voter Registration

Making Voting Easier: Election Day Registration in New York

Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Author(s): 
Catherine H. Wilson
Jonathan Nagler
R. Michael Alvarez
As policy makers, election officials, and the public consider whether New York should change the way in which voters are allowed to register to participate in elections, and bring New York State election law into compliance with the Help America Vote Act, we provide an analysis of the potential impact of election dar registration (EDR) in New York. The current system of registration is one in which citizens must register 25 days before election day in order to be eligible to vote. Under EDR this advance registration barrier would be eliminated as citizens could register on election day.

The Introduction of Voter Registration and Its Effect on Turnout

Working Paper No.: 
14
Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Author(s): 
Stephen Ansolabehere
MIT
David Konisky
Voter registration, it is widely argued, raises the costs of voting, thereby decreasing turnout. Studies of turnout across states find that states with later registration dates or election day registration have much higher turnout rates. Eliminating registration barriers altogether is estimated to raise voter participation rates by 5 to 10 percentage points. This paper presents panel estimates of the effects of the introduction of registration that exploit changes in registration law and turnout within counties.

How Hard Can It Be: Do Citizens Think It Is Difficult to Register to Vote?

Author(s): 
Morgan Llewellyn
Thad E. Hall
R. Michael Alvarez
Journal: 
Stanford Law & Policy Review
pp: 
Link to Article: 
Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Political equality is seen as an intrinsic normative principle for the adequate functioning of a democratic republic. However, it is well documented that in the United States there are many qualified citizens who do not vote, many who do not participate in the political process due to procedural barriers that make it difficult or impossible for them to register and vote.

The Introduction of Voter Registration and Its Effect on Turnout

Author(s): 
Stephen Ansolabehere
David Konisky
Journal: 
Political Analysis
pp: 
83-100
Link to Article: 
Date Published: 
11/30/2008
Studies of voter turnout across states find that those with more facilitative registration laws have higher turnout rates. Eliminating registration barriers altogether is estimated to raise voter participation rates by up to 10%. This article presents panel estimates of the effects of introducing registration that exploits changes in registration laws and turnout within states. New York and Ohio imposed registration requirements on all of their counties in 1965 and 1977, respectively.

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