Getting It Straight in 2008 - What We Know About Vote By Mail Elections and How to Conduct Them Well

Vote By Mail (VBM) elections can increase turnout by four to five percentage points in general elections and significantly more in local or off-year elections. Rather than sparking participation among citizens who never vote, it appears that the added convenience of voting by mail serves primarily to retain higher participation among those voters who tend to vote in general elections by making it easier for them to vote in traditionally lower-interest local, special, or nonpartisan elections.

READ: National_Getting_It_Straight_In_2008_Voting_By_Mail.pdf.pdf

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