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Wisconsin study says early voting can decrease turnout

November 2009, MADISON, Wisconsin: This month the University of Wisconsin released a study that says that early voting, such as early and absentee voting, can reduce the total voter turnout.[1] "Early and absentee voting siphons activity away from Election Day itself that would have stimulated turnout," said the report. The report was conducted by University of Wisconsin-Madison political science professors Barry Burden, Kenneth Mayer and David Canon, as well as public affairs professor Donald Moynihan from La Follette School of Public Affairs.[2]

The full report can be found here.

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References

  1. Ballot Access News, "Political Science Study Says Early Voting Can Cause Decreased Turnout," November 18, 2009
  2. University of Wisconsin, "Early voting option can decrease turnout, research shows," November 17, 2009