How Science Can Help Get Out the Vote
Despite informational interventions to increase voter turnout, only around 50% of the U.S. public voted in the last nine presidential elections. What is stopping the other half of voters from getting to the polls -- barriers to registering, getting to the polls, disengagement, or something else? This week in the Scientific American, Supriya Syal and Dan Ariely look to behavioral science to explain why past interventions have not worked and what could be more effective at mobilizing voters. Potential solutions include prompting voters to make a plan to get to the polls, citing research from the Behavioral Science & Policy by Rogers, Milkman, and John and Norton.
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