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Comparing Absentee and Precinct Voters: Voting on Direct Legislation

Dubin, Jeffrey A. and Kalsow, Gretchen A. (1995) Comparing Absentee and Precinct Voters: Voting on Direct Legislation. Social Science Working Paper, 943. California Institute of Technology , Pasadena, CA. (Unpublished)

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This paper addresses issues related to how the absentee voter actually casts their ballot on propositions. If the liberalization of absentee laws changed either the composition or behavior of the electorate then the outcome of the• election may be affected. This paper tests whether the electoral behavior of absentee and precinct voters differs in regards to voting on propositions. The analysis is based on sample of actual absentee and precinct voter ballots drawn from the approximately three million ballots cast in Los Angeles county for the 1992 general election. The analysis uses a nested model of voter participation and is estimated using the weighted exogenous sampling maximum likelihood method. We find that precinct and absentee voters do differ on both the propositions they cast votes on, and in their propensity to vote "Yes" for a proposition. For example, absentees appear to vote on fewer bonds and initiatives than do precinct voters. They also vote on fewer propositions dealing with state taxes, food taxes, and property taxes. In addition, given that a voter casts a valid vote, the propensity for absentee voters to vote "Yes" is higher on initiatives and propositions related to education, welfare, and health care than it is for precinct voters.

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Additional Information:The helpful comments of Santa Traugott and seminar participants are gratefully acknowledged. An earlier version of this paper was presented at the 1995 Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL, April 6-8, 1995. Published as Dubin, Jeffrey A., and Gretchen A. Kalsow. "Comparing absentee and precinct voters: Voting on direct legislation." Political Behavior 18, no. 4 (1996): 393-411.
Group:Social Science Working Papers
Subject Keywords:absentee voting. NESML proposition voting
Series Name:Social Science Working Paper
Issue or Number:943
Classification Code:JEL: C25, C35, D72
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