Weather and Voter Turnout: Kentucky Primary and General Elections, 1990-2000

  title={Weather and Voter Turnout: Kentucky Primary and General Elections, 1990-2000},
  author={Jay D. Gatrell and Jay D. Gregory D. Bierly},
  journal={Southeastern Geographer},
  pages={114 - 134}
Weather and politics are seldom discussed together. Yet, conventional wisdom has long held that inclement election-day weather (e.g., rain or low temperature) inhibits voter participation. While this alleged relationship has been taken for granted, this unofficial "weather hypothesis" has not been formally or directly tested using observed aggregate turnout data. Our paper tests the statistical relationship between observed voter turnout and election-day weather conditions for all Kentucky… Expand

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