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What We Know about Voter-ID Laws, Registration, and Turnout

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  08 January 2009

Marjorie Randon Hershey
Affiliation:
Indiana University

Extract

“Turning out to vote is the most common and important act citizens take in a democracy,” John Aldrich writes (1993, 246), “and, therefore, is one of the most important behaviors for scholars of democratic politics to understand.” Turnout matters at the community as well as the individual level; the larger a county's voter turnout, for instance, the more discretionary federal resources it is likely to receive per capita (Martin 2003). “The blunt truth,” according to V. O. Key (1949, 527), “is that politicians and officials are under no compulsion to pay much heed to classes and groups of citizens that do not vote.”

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Copyright © American Political Science Association 2009

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