Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

The impact and implications of early voting: What the experts have to say

Date:
October 11, 2012
Source:
Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., Publishers
Summary:
Although Election Day 2012 is still weeks away, many Americans are already casting their votes. The number of people choosing to vote before Election Day is increasing dramatically, and the potential impact and implications of early voting are the subject of several recent articles.

Although Election Day 2012 is still weeks away, many Americans are already casting their votes. The number of people choosing to vote before Election Day is increasing dramatically, and the potential impact and implications of early voting are the subject of several recent articles in Election Law Journal: Rules, Politics, and Policy, a peer-reviewed publication from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers.

Related Articles


In a number of states, early voting centers are open several weeks before Election Day. "Today, Election Day is merely the last day a voter can cast a ballot," writes Douglas Chapin, the Pew Center on the States (Washington, DC), in an article entitled "Non-Precinct Place Voting and Election Administration (http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/full/10.1089/elj.2011.1035)." With voters now having more choices when, where, and how to vote, the phenomenon of non-precinct place voting is creating policy challenges for election administrators.

The proliferation of voting before Election Day raises many important questions. Does voting early affect the choices voters make? Does it increase turnout? Are there other implications of the move away from voting at one's local precinct on Election Day?

In "Souls to the Polls: Early Voting in Florida in the Shadow of House Bill 1355 (http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/full/10.1089/elj.2012.0157)," Michael Herron and Daniel A. Smith explore the impact of the limitations on early voting enacted last year by the Florida legislature, which have recently been the subject of voting rights litigation.

Charles Stewart III, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge), explores the controversy over whether voting early by mail saves costs and can improve the quality of elections in "Adding Up the Costs and Benefits of Voting by Mail (http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/full/10.1089/elj.2011.1034)."

Advertising and outreach are important tools for encouraging voters to cast ballots early in person, state M.V. Hood III and Charles Bullock III, University of Georgia (Athens), in "An Examination of Efforts to Encourage the Incidence of Early In-Person Voting in Georgia, 2008 (http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/full/10.1089/elj.2010.0084)."

"ELJ serves as a peer-reviewed outlet for legal and policy research, but inevitably the content reflects current political controversies," says Paul Gronke, Co-Editor of Election Law Journal and Professor of Political Science at Reed College (Portland, OR). "I am pleased to see that the best scholarship on early voting is appearing in ELJ."


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., Publishers. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Cite This Page:

Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., Publishers. "The impact and implications of early voting: What the experts have to say." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 11 October 2012. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/10/121011085205.htm>.
Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., Publishers. (2012, October 11). The impact and implications of early voting: What the experts have to say. ScienceDaily. Retrieved October 24, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/10/121011085205.htm
Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., Publishers. "The impact and implications of early voting: What the experts have to say." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/10/121011085205.htm (accessed October 24, 2014).

Share This



More Science & Society News

Friday, October 24, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Doctor in NYC Quarantined With Ebola

Doctor in NYC Quarantined With Ebola

AP (Oct. 24, 2014) An emergency room doctor who recently returned to the city after treating Ebola patients in West Africa has tested positive for the virus. He's quarantined in a hospital. (Oct. 24) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Police Testing New Gunfire Tracking Technology

Police Testing New Gunfire Tracking Technology

AP (Oct. 24, 2014) A California-based startup has designed new law enforcement technology that aims to automatically alert dispatch when an officer's gun is unholstered and fired. Two law enforcement agencies are currently testing the technology. (Oct. 24) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com
E.U. Leaders Agree To 40% CO2 Emissions Cut By 2030

E.U. Leaders Agree To 40% CO2 Emissions Cut By 2030

Newsy (Oct. 23, 2014) The latest E.U. emissions deal calls for a 40 percent greenhouse gas cut, which leaders say sets Europe up to lead in climate negotiations next year. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Ebola Fears Keep Guinea Hospitals Empty

Ebola Fears Keep Guinea Hospitals Empty

AP (Oct. 23, 2014) Fears of Ebola are keeping doctors and patients alike away from hospitals in the West African nation of Guinea. (Oct. 23) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:

Breaking News:

Strange & Offbeat Stories


Science & Society

Business & Industry

Education & Learning

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile: iPhone Android Web
Follow: Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe: RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins