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      The Effects of Canvassing, Telephone Calls, and Direct Mail on Voter Turnout: A Field Experiment

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      American Political Science Review

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          We report the results of a randomized field experiment involving approximately 30,000 registered voters in New Haven, Connecticut. Nonpartisan get-out-the-vote messages were conveyed through personal canvassing, direct mail, and telephone calls shortly before the November 1998 election. A variety of substantive messages were used. Voter turnout was increased substantially by personal canvassing, slightly by direct mail, and not at all by telephone calls. These findings support our hypothesis that the long-term retrenchment in voter turnout is partly attributable to the decline in face-to-face political mobilization.

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                Journal
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                American Political Science Review
                Am Polit Sci Rev
                JSTOR
                0003-0554
                1537-5943
                September 2000
                August 2014
                : 94
                : 03
                : 653-663
                Article
                10.2307/2585837
                © 2000

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