More research shows vote by mail systems do NOT increase turnout

Over at Election Updates, we find another study that shows what many of the other studies of mail-in voting systems have shown… Voting By Mail does NOT increase turnout in general elections. It may increase turnout in smaller, special elections specific to local elections:

Drawing on data from a large sample of California counties in two general elections, we find that voting by mail does not deliver on the promise of greater participation in general elections. In fact, voters who are assigned to vote by mail turn out at lower rates than those who are sent to a polling place. Analysis of a sample of local special elections, by contrast, indicates that voting by mail can increase turnout in these otherwise low-participation contests.

http://pan.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/reprint/mpm014v1

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