Voter Registration and Turnout in the United States

@article{Highton2004VoterRA,
  title={Voter Registration and Turnout in the United States},
  author={Benjamin Highton},
  journal={Perspectives on Politics},
  year={2004},
  volume={2},
  pages={507 - 515}
}
  • B. Highton
  • Published 2004
  • Political Science
  • Perspectives on Politics
In a democracy, voting is the most fundamental act of political participation and therefore holds a central location in the study of political behavior. One significant research tradition focuses on the relationship between registration and turnout and raises important and related questions. How do registration laws influence turnout levels? What types of people are most affected by them? What are the partisan implications of registration requirements? Spanning the late nineteenth through early… Expand
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