Professor Jan Leighley walks through the factors that influence voter behavior from age to party to voting laws. Elected officials and campaigns are responsive to groups with high turnout and encourage them to vote. The opposite is also true.
For more on this topic
- Check out her two-page brief, Unequal Voter Turnout in U.S. Presidential Elections.
- Read her book Who Votes Now?: Demographics, Issues, Inequality, and Turnout in the United States.