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Voter Registration

  • Dari Sylvester TranEmail author
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Part of the Elections, Voting, Technology book series (EVT)

Abstract

This chapter examines the first major area of reform suggested in the PCEA’s report: voter registration. From diverse registration regulations across states to the multiple methods of getting registered, voter registration can be a complex process and is generally regarded as one of the most symbolic barriers to voting. It is at the critical intersection of the competing values of integrity and access. In this chapter, I explore many ways in which legislators, administrators, and third parties have attempted to reform the voter registration process and voter roll maintenance—and the consequences of these attempts—particularly on turnout.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of the PacificStocktonUSA

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