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The impact of postal voting on participation: evidence for Switzerland
JournalArticle (Originalarbeit in einer wissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift)
ID 47755
Author(s) Luechinger, Simon; Rosinger, Myra; Stutzer, Alois
Author(s) at UniBasel Stutzer, Alois
Year 2007
Title The impact of postal voting on participation: evidence for Switzerland
Journal Swiss political science review
Volume 13
Number 2
Pages / Article-Number 167-202
Keywords postal voting, voting costs, voting participation, turnout
Abstract Many countries are forging ahead with convenient balloting methods, in particular electronic and postal voting, in order to re-engage voters. In this paper we test whether the cost reductions through postal voting increase turnout. The empirical analysis is based on a newly collected data set on the introduction of postal voting in Swiss cantons. We take advantage of the unique fact that voting by mail was introduced at different times across cantons. This allows identifying the impact of postal voting on turnout, independent of time, issue and canton-specific effects. The estimated average effect on turnout is roughly 4.1 2005.
Publisher Rüegger
ISSN/ISBN 1424-7755
Full Text on edoc Restricted
Digital Object Identifier DOI 10.1002/j.1662-6370.2007.tb00075.x
ISI-Number 000254059500001
Document type (ISI) Article

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