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Voter turnout and the benefits of voting

  • John Filer
  • Lawrence Kenny

A model of voting behavior is developed that predicts that individuals vote if the absolute value of voting for or against a referendum exceeds the cost of voting. The results obtained from examining voting on city-county consolidation referenda and in New York state (1) provide support for the relatively untested prediction that turnout rises as the absolute value of the mean gains resulting from an electoral outcome increase and (2) augment the evidence that turnout rises as the probability of altering an electoral outcome increases and falls as the cost of voting rises. Copyright Martinus Nijhoff Publishers bv 1980

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Public Choice.

Volume (Year): 35 (1980)
Issue (Month): 5 (January)
Pages: 575-585

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  1. Filer, John E & Kenny, Lawrence W, 1980. "Voter Reaction to City-County Consolidation Referenda," Journal of Law and Economics, University of Chicago Press, vol. 23(1), pages 179-90, April.
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