All-Mail voting in Colorado increases turnout and reduces turnout inequality, according to recent study.
Nonprofit Vote provided comprehensive research into the 2018 elections showing the three reforms that had the most positive impact on voter engagement. They were: VAH, Same Day Registration, and Automatic Voter Registration.
2018 primary turnout results: Vote-at-home-centric states saw a 15 percent higher median turnout than polling-place-centric states.
2018 midterm turnout results: States that use the vote-at-home system and high absentee system top the results. The top 6 states are either in Step 5 or Step 4 on the vote-at-home scale of mailed-ballot access and scrolling to the section “Five Steps towards a Complete Vote-at-Home System.”
Research into Utah’s 2016 election with some counties shifted to a vote at home system, and others still using a polling-place model. Counties that used the vote at home model counties saw 5-7 percentage points higher turnout, with 10 percent higher among 25-34 year-olds.
Research into down-ballot engagement differences in Utah’s 2016 election between counties with a vote at home system and counties that used traditional polling places. Counties with vote-at-home systems showed a 5.5 percentage point increase in turnout in State House races.
2016 survey of Oregon voters showed 87% with a positive view of the vote at home model.
2016 MIT Research -Past, Present, and Future Advancements in Voting by Mail in the US.
Research after Colorado’s move to a vote at home system in 2014: Overall turnout was up 3.3 percentage points, with the lowest propensity voters over triple the expected rate.
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