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Selective Recruitment or Voter Neglect? Race, Place, and Voter Mobilization in 2016

  • Ricardo Ramírez (a1), Romelia Solano (a1) and Bryan Wilcox-Archuleta (a2)

This paper takes up the question of who asks racial-ethnic minority voters to vote, relative to white voters? We examine more closely the targeted mobilization strategies in the 2016 Presidential election cycle and highlight the roles of race, demographic context, and mobilization source on patterns of reported mobilization. Utilizing the 2016 Collaborative Multi-Racial Post-Election Survey we model the impact of demographic profiles on the probability of mobilization by white mobilizers and compare that to mobilization by minorities. Our analysis suggests that even when controlling for battleground context and likely voter characteristics, minority voters are neglected, but this is contingent on the racial demographics of those doing the mobilizing. These findings shed light on the discrepancy of turnout across racial and ethnic groups in the United States

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Address correspondence and reprint requests to: Ricardo Ramírez, 2054 Jenkins Nanovic Halls, Department of Political Science, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556. E-mail:
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