Enrijeta Shino and Daniel A. Smith, University of Florida
Might having additional opportunities to cast a ballot increase the likelihood that an individual turns out to vote? Scholars disagree over whether or not added electoral convenience bolsters voter turnout. Examining the effects of early in-person voting on public colleges and university campuses in Florida, we argue that turnout should increase when institutional barriers are lowered, as individuals have greater options to mobilize themselves, or be mobilized by others, to vote. Using individual-level administrative data and estimating a series of differences-in-differences (DD), differences-in-differences-in-differences (DDD), and coarsened exact matching (CEM) models, we estimate the causal effect of the expansion of early in-person voting on eight college campuses on voter turnout. We find that on-campus early voting increases turnout, especially among young voters.
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