Measuring location based effects of polling precincts on voter turnout

Kenneth M. Hutchison, Soundar Rajan Tirupatikumara, Haleigh Hutchison, Michael Binder

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Is it possible that by changing the location of polling precincts, people will opt to change their method of voting or simply not vote at all? There is some evidence that changing the location of a polling station negatively affects turnout, however, the question remains whether public administrators can mitigate or minimize these potentially negative effects. Using data from Duval County, Florida's Supervisor of Elections between 2008 and 2012, we analyze the effect of poll placement on voter turnout and conduct a simulation study to measure its effects within each ethnicity. The environment studied in this paper is unique compared to much other research in that these precincts were consolidated intentionally to minimize the negative impact on low income, transportation challenged voters. Our paper assesses the relative effect of these implemented policies on voter turnout given such a constrained environment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIIE Annual Conference and Expo 2015
PublisherInstitute of Industrial Engineers
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9780983762447
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015
EventIIE Annual Conference and Expo 2015 - Nashville, United States
Duration: May 30 2015Jun 2 2015

Publication series

NameIIE Annual Conference and Expo 2015


OtherIIE Annual Conference and Expo 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited States

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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