Year of Publication
Martin School of Public Policy and Administration
Master of Public Administration
Dr. Iuliia Shybalkina
Automatic Voter Registration is a recently introduced policy that simplifies the process of registering to vote in order to increase voter turnout rates. This capstone estimates how successful this policy has been. To that end, I used a difference-in-differences research design to consider voter registration and turnout rates seen in the Congressional general elections over the period from 2010 to 2018 in Oregon and Washington. I found that the implementation of Automatic Voter Registration led to a small but statistically significant increase in voter registration and voter turnout rates in Oregon relative to both the prior trend seen in that state and to Washington, a counterfactual state without Automatic Voter Registration during these elections. However, due to the limited nature of this study focused on five elections in one corner of the United States, a more comprehensive study is needed to confirm that this increase is replicable in other areas.
Toney, Jacob, "The Impact of Automatic Voter Registration on Voter Registration and Voter Turnout Rates: Comparing Oregon and Washington Congressional Elections, 2010-2018" (2021). MPA/MPP/MPFM Capstone Projects. 378.