Getting Out the Youth Vote in Local Elections: Results from Six Door-to-Door Canvassing Experiments

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According to this report, young voters are more susceptible to personal contact through canvassing than are older voters. Researchers studied the efficacy of door-to-door canvassing to increase voter turnout prior to the November 2000 elections in six cities: Bridgeport, Conn.; Columbus, Ohio; St. Paul, Minn.; Raleigh, N.C.; Detroit and Minneapolis. Results varied from site to site according to demographic and political climates. In five of the six cities, canvasser-voter contact increased turnout by close to 11 percent. Only those 25 and younger were strongly influenced by the canvassing. 48 pages. Free online. Institution for Social and Policy Studies, P.O. Box 208209, New Haven, CT 06520. (203) 432-3234,