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The Impact of Postal Voting on Participation, Evidence for Switzerland


Luechinger, Simon; Rosinger, Myra; Stutzer, Alois (2006). The Impact of Postal Voting on Participation, Evidence for Switzerland. Working paper series / Institute for Empirical Research in Economics No. 297, University of Zurich.

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 thencost reductions with postal voting increase turnout. The empirical analysis is based on annewly 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,nissue and canton specific effects. The estimated average effect on turnout is roughly 4.1npercentage points for an average turnout of 43 percent between 1970 and 2005.

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 thencost reductions with postal voting increase turnout. The empirical analysis is based on annewly 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,nissue and canton specific effects. The estimated average effect on turnout is roughly 4.1npercentage points for an average turnout of 43 percent between 1970 and 2005.

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Item Type:Working Paper
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
Working Paper Series > Institute for Empirical Research in Economics (former)
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Language:English
Date:July 2006
Deposited On:29 Nov 2011 22:47
Last Modified:12 Aug 2017 13:02
Series Name:Working paper series / Institute for Empirical Research in Economics
ISSN:1424-0459
Official URL:http://www.econ.uzh.ch/wp.html

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