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Alan Gerber and Greg Huber on Get-Out-the-Vote Research
May 2, 2016
Alan Gerber and Greg Huber’s article in Stanford Social Innovation Review, “Getting Out the Vote Is Tougher Than You Think,” takes another look at all the prior GOTV research.
“Since the revival of field experimental study of campaign effects, there have been hundreds of studies measuring the effect of GOTV tactics on turnout,” the authors say. “Recent randomized field trials provide evidence that most get out the vote mobilization efforts have very modest effects on voter turnout, much less than previously thought.”
Gerber and Huber emphasize the central role of research design in measuring the impact of interventions.