Vote by mail increases turnout?

From Arizona, the State that rejected Vote-by Mail when the people voted on it last year:

http://www.azcentral.com/community/westvalley/articles/0828gl-nwvvote0829.html
On Aug. 9, the Maricopa County Elections Department mailed nearly 40,000 ballots to Surprise’s registered voters. As of Friday, the department had received almost 8,000 of them, or roughly 20 percent.

According to the article:

During the last mayoral election, in March 2003, about 34 percent of eligible voters turned out. The City Clerk’s Office has anticipated this year would have a greater yield because it is the first mayoral election using the vote-by-mail system, adopted by the City Council in 2004.

Hmm, a 14% decrease?

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One Response

  1. […] voter participation, in 100% absentee systems. Claims that Vote-By Mail will increase turnout have no real evidence supporting this assertion.After running the No Vote By Mail Project for over 1 year now, a pattern […]

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