The effect of the mail in voter registration form on voter turnout in the Commonwealth of Virginia
Date of Award
Master of Arts
Over the years, many states have undertaken different approaches to increase voter registration and stimulate voter participation in the electoral process. One such approach was the Commonwealth of Virginia's Voter Registration Extension Form, which was instituted in 1989. Using statewide voter registration statistics and a survey of state voter registrars, this paper attempts to measure the impact that this form had on voter registration and turnout in the electoral process from 1989 to 1994. This thesis finds that the registration extension form was reasonably successful in terms of increasing registration. Yet, easing registration requirements does not significantly increase voter turnout.
Pfeiffer, Leroy O., "The effect of the mail in voter registration form on voter turnout in the Commonwealth of Virginia" (1998). Master's Theses. 798.