Determining Correlation between Competitiveness and Voter Turnout: A 2012 Congressional Election Case Study

Authors: Robert Putman*,
Topics: Political Geography, United States
Keywords: gerrymandering, voter turnout, redistricting, politics
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 1:20 PM / 3:00 PM
Room: Napoleon Foyer/Common St. Corridor, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
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Government impacts many facets of our lives. Thus, high voter turnout in elections is desirable. However, gerrymandering can hinder competitiveness of a congressional race, then, possibly, encumber voter turnout. This work determines if competitiveness of elections impacts voter turnout. In addition, it examines whether or not the person responsible for drawing the district boundaries impacts the competitiveness and the turnout. Using the 2012 Congressional Election as a case study, maps were created to visually represent trends across the nation. Pearson’s Correlation was found to be 0.234, which, while significant, is a positive and weak correlation between the two variables.

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