What Do I Need to Vote? Bureaucratic Discretion and Discrimination by Local Election Officials

@article{White2014WhatDI,
  title={What Do I Need to Vote? Bureaucratic Discretion and Discrimination by Local Election Officials},
  author={Ariel White and Noah L. Nathan and Julie K. Faller},
  journal={American Political Science Review},
  year={2014},
  volume={109},
  pages={129 - 142}
}
Do street-level bureaucrats discriminate in the services they provide to constituents? We use a field experiment to measure differential information provision about voting by local election administrators in the United States. We contact over 7,000 election officials in 48 states who are responsible for providing information to voters and implementing voter ID laws. We find that officials provide different information to potential voters of different putative ethnicities. Emails sent from… Expand
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