Sunday, October 23, 2005

Parties reported to push absentee balloting higher in NJ

The first stories are coming out of New Jersey after the state relaxed absentee balloting requirements. Both political parties plan to make a push to dramatically increase the number of absentee ballots.

As in many states, the counties provide a list to political parties and to candidates of the voters who have requested absentee ballots. This allows the parties to target their mobilization efforts to these voters.

As Leighley and Stein showed at the most recent APSA, it is these mobilization efforts, and not relaxed requirements per se, that seem to increase turnout.

Referenced story is here.


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