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Voting and Nonvoting: A Multi-Election Perspective

Lee Sigelman, Philip W. Roeder, Malcolm E. Jewell and Michael A. Baer
American Journal of Political Science
Vol. 29, No. 4 (Nov., 1985), pp. 749-765
DOI: 10.2307/2111179
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2111179
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Abstract

Prior attempts to differentiate between voters and nonvoters have focused on a single election, the implicit assumption being that voting or not voting in a particular election is indicative of a more general proclivity. This paper tests the impact of a number of factors that have emerged in earlier studies as predictors of voting participation, but uses participation over a series of 10 elections as the criterion. The model tested here demonstrates greater explanatory power than those previously tested, and follow-up analysis strongly suggests that this explanatory power is a function of the multi-election measurement of participation.

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