How Much is Enough? The "Ballot Order Effect" and the use of Social Science Research in Election Law Disputes

@article{Alvarez2006HowMI,
  title={How Much is Enough? The "Ballot Order Effect" and the use of Social Science Research in Election Law Disputes},
  author={R. M. Alvarez and Betsy Sinclair and Richard L. Hasen},
  journal={Election Law Journal},
  year={2006},
  volume={5},
  pages={40-56}
}
Previous empirical research and other related research from survey methodology holds that candidates listed first on an election ballot may gain some measure of advantage from this ballot placement. Using data from the 1998 general election in California, we test whether a candidate’s relative position on the ballot has any statistical effect on vote shares. We find little systematic evidence that candidate vote shares benefit from being listed first on the ballot. We show that there is not a… Expand
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