Title

The Effects of Early Voting on the Electorate in Allen County, Indiana

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2010

Publication Source

Indiana Journal of Political Science

Volume

12

Inclusive pages

2-21

Publisher

Indiana Political Science Association

ISBN/ISSN

07377355

Peer Reviewed

yes

Abstract

Indiana is part of a growing trend in the United States to make voting more convenient. The hope is that making voting more convenient will result in greater participation by voters. Research on the effect of these changes is in its infancy. This project seeks to address three questions. First, are early voters making up an increasingly larger percentage of all voters? Second, do the profiles of in-office voters match the profiles of other non-precinct based voters? Third, is there a relationship between how close someone lives to the early vote site and casting an in-office vote? The findings demonstrate that Hoosiers are warming to early voting. The findings also show that there are some predictable similarities and differences between early voters and other voters. Finally, this project finds a surprising relationship between the distance voters travel to cast a ballot in-office.

Keywords

early voting, voting behavior

Disciplines

American Politics | Political Science

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http://www.indianapsa.org/2009/downs2.pdf