Enhancing a Geographic Regression Discontinuity Design Through Matching to Estimate the E ↵ ect of Ballot Initiatives on Voter Turnout ⇤

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Ballot initiatives allow the public to vote directly on public policy. A literature in political science has attempted to document whether the presence of an initiative can increase voter turnout. Here, we study this question for an initiative that appeared on the ballot in Milwaukee, WI in 2008. We study this question using a natural experiment based on… (More)

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