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The Efficacy of Registration Drives

Cain, Bruce E. and McCue, Kenneth F. (1984) The Efficacy of Registration Drives. Social Science Working Paper, 531. California Institute of Technology , Pasadena, CA. (Unpublished)

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This paper compares the voting rates of those who are enrolled by registration drives in comparison to the rates of those who register themselves. The central question is whether the return from registration drives in terms of the number of voters they yield is worth the effort? In addition, the paper looks at the demographic profile of the group-registered voters to discover how they differ from self-registered individuals. The data set consists of 108,653 individuals in Los Angeles County who registered between the 1980 and 1982 elections. The results indicate that 41% of those registered by registration drives actually voted as compared to 57% of the self-registered. It also appears that the group-registered voters are younger and more frequently minority.

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Additional Information:Published as Cain, Bruce E., and Ken McCue. "The efficacy of registration drives." The Journal of Politics 47.4 (1985): 1221-1230.
Group:Social Science Working Papers
Subject Keywords:Voter registration, Hispanics, Voting, Voting age, Socioeconomics, Electorate, Datasets, Shift registers, Political parties, Voting patterns
Series Name:Social Science Working Paper
Issue or Number:531
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ID Code:81587
Deposited By: Jacquelyn Bussone
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