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Electoral Geography, Strategic Mobilization, and Implications for Voter Turnout

November 23, 2018 @ 12:00 am

Electoral Geography, Strategic Mobilization, and Implications for Voter Turnout

DateNovember 22, 2013

Time6:00am to 7:30am

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4357 Bunche Hall

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When will parties mobilize the electoral support of low-income voters? This discussion presents evidence that rates of turnout among low-income citizens reflect legislators’ and parties’ electoral incentives to be responsive to the poor, and that these electoral incentives are determined by electoral geography – the joint geographic distribution of legislative seats and low-income voters across electoral districts. Further, this discussion demonstrates that under SMD electoral rules, low-income voters are more likely to vote in those electoral districts in which they are likely to be pivotal. By presenting a strategic mobilization account of voter turnout, this discussion breaks with current accounts of voter turnout that emphasize facilitative and motivational individual- and system-level factors. Instead, this discussion argues that low-income voters’ turnout decisions, in fact, reflect parties’ electoral incentives to cultivate and mobilize a low-income constituency.

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Date:
November 23, 2018
Time:
12:00 am
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/event/electoral-geography-strategic-mobilization-and-implications-voter-turnout

Details

Date:
November 23, 2018
Time:
12:00 am
Website:
/event/electoral-geography-strategic-mobilization-and-implications-voter-turnout