Lessons from the voter turnout series, a collaboration between the Hewlett Foundation and SSIR.
A recent get-out-the-vote experiment shows that turnout in primaries can be cost-effectively enlarged and broadened by targeting voters who only vote in general elections and who are often ignored by campaigns.
Building on a quarter century of get-out-the-vote efforts, MTV’s 2016 “Elect This” campaign will encourage young people to vote in support of the polices that inspire them, rather than the political system that doesn’t.
Higher voter turnout in those primaries would help prevent polarization and encourage a well-functioning legislature.
More people would vote (and a more diverse group of people would vote) if they knew more about candidates’ fundamental policy positions.
Recent randomized field trials provide evidence that most get out the vote mobilization efforts have very modest effects on voter turnout, much less than previously thought.
Voter turnout can vary widely across states and within cities and counties, even when structural factors are the same. A shared sense of responsibility among residents for taking care of their communities may be part of the explanation.