Title

Do Drop Boxes Improve Voter Turnout? Evidence From King County, Washington

Publication Date

2-6-2018

Document Type

Article

Abstract

Considerable interest among academics and practitioners alike centers around identifying ways to improve voter turnout and voting parity across various subgroups in the U.S. population. Many scholars have investigated convenience voting and found mixed results in terms of its effects on turnout and its composition. A relatively new but unstudied method of voting is via ballot drop box, a method states and voters have increasingly turned to. We exploit the placement of over 30 new drop boxes in King County, Washington, the home of Seattle, during the 2016 election to investigate their effect on turnout. We find that distance to the closest ballot drop box increases one's probability of voting but primarily in off-year elections and primaries. We find mixed results for heterogeneous treatment effects. Implications are discussed.

Publication Title

Election Law Journal: Rules, Politics, and Policy

Volume

17

Issue

1

First Page

58

Last Page

72

DOI

10.1089/elj.2017.0450

Version

pre print, post print (with 12 month embargo)

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