Under what circumstances could maximising turnout alter an election result?

Richard Rose, Ulrich Kohler

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Abstract

This article analyses the potential for an alteration in turnout changing an election result, after taking into account the offices at stake, the electoral system, prior turnout, the number of parties competing, the division of the prior vote and the gap between the leader and second‐place party. A review of electoral processes in 29 European countries plus the United States finds that even if an increase in turnout altered the distribution of the national vote, this of itself is insufficient to alter an election result.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)119-138
Number of pages20
JournalRepresentation
Volume46
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Keywords

  • election turnout
  • elections
  • politics

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