Getting Out the Vote in Local Elections: Results from Six Door-to-Door Canvassing Experiments

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Green, Donald P., Alan S. Gerber, David W. Nickerson (2003), Replication Materials for: ‘Getting Out the Vote in Local Elections: Results from Six Door-to-Door Canvassing Experiments,’ ISPS Data Archive.


David W. Nickerson, Donald P. Green, Alan S. Gerber

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Authors (list of registered voters from CT, OH, MI, MN, NC)

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Field date: 
October 1, 2001
Field Date: 
2001-10 - 2001-11
Location details: 
CT (Bridgeport), OH (Columbus), MI (Detroit), MN (Minneapolis and St. Paul), NC (Raleigh)
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Sample size: 
Using official lists of voters gathered immediately after the close of registration, we compiled a database of registered voters’ names and addresses. Names of individuals residing at the same address were grouped into households, which were in turn grouped geographically into walk lists... We restricted our attention to households with fewer than five registered voters, and in two sites, Raleigh and St. Paul, the population was restricted to households with at least two voters.
Randomization procedure: 
The procedures by which subjects were assigned at random to treatment and control groups varied slightly across sites. Subjects in Detroit, Minneapolis, and St. Paul were stratified into walk lists before random assignment, while Bridgeport and Columbus were not, but in each of these sites subjects were assigned the same probability of receiving a treatment. In Raleigh, the proportion of subjects assigned to the treatment condition varied across walk lists.
Door-to-door canvassing treatment (see Supplemental materials for script)
Treatment administration: 
Outcome measures: 
Turnout rate in 2001 local elections
Archive date: 
Donald P. Green, Alan S. Gerber, David W. Nickerson
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D017F00 Readme file for pii removal .txt 864 Download file
D017F01 Dataset .dta 1228370 Download file
D017F02 Dataset .csv 2671553 Download file
D017F03 Program file .do 1152 Download file
D017F03.1 do file for pii removal .do 583 Download file
D017F04 Program file .R 7221 Download file
D017F05 Treatment materials .pdf 2944 Download file
D017F08 Metadata (DDI 3.2) .xml 161753 Download file