Global Society Research Seminar
Wednesday, 14 September, 2016 16.30-18
Peter Miller and Katri Sieberg
Announcing the start of a research seminar for Global Societies students and faculty! This seminar provides a format for students and faculty to present their current research and to obtain feedback. The seminar will meet once a month on Wednesdays from 16.30-18. If there is more demand we can meet more often.
If you would like to present a paper, please contact: Katri Sieberg at firstname.lastname@example.org
14.9 Pinni B 3107: Mobilizing the Young Vote: Direct Mail Guides in the 2015 Chicago Mayoral Election
Peter Miller, Rebecca Reynolds, and Matthew Singer
Previous studies have shown nonpartisan direct mail solicitations have a small turnout effect. It is less clear, however, what effect these solicitations have with regard to the cognitive mobilization of young voters. We report the results of a large (N=52,324) experiment conducted during the February 2015 municipal election in Chicago. A random sample of 22,179 voters between 18 and 30 were sent a voter guide containing a list of endorsements and policy positions for each of the five candidates for mayor. We find turnout among the treated group was 0.9 percentage points higher than the control group (33.6% compared to 32.7%, p<0.025). We find, however, that young voters in Chicago census tracts with above-median household income are significantly more likely to vote after receiving the voter guide treatment than voters in lower-income census tracts.
12.10 Talk by YKY Visiting Professor Rod Kiewiet (Caltech) PinniB 4113 A Taxonomy of Protest Voting
9.11 A3 (Main Building) Please attend the US Election Watch Pinni B 3107 6-8am!