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Voter Turnout In A Low Interest, Off-Year Election: A Field Experiment, Zachary Miller Aug 2016

Voter Turnout In A Low Interest, Off-Year Election: A Field Experiment, Zachary Miller

Honors College Capstone Experience/Thesis Projects

This thesis is an analysis on the effects of a low cost get out the vote (GOTV) effort through direct mail on a low interest, off year election. By conducting a field experiment divided into two stages, this project measures the effects of direct mail contact on voter turnout in the state of Kentucky. Postcards were sent during the final week of both the 2015 primary and general elections. The expectation is that those who received a postcard will be more likely to vote than non-recipients. Using data provided by the Kentucky Board of Elections, a data set was created ...