In this article, the authors perform a large scale analysis to determine the effects of “robocalling” on voter turnout. The authors determine that turnout increases only marginally when civic duty is primed, but increases significantly when social pressure is applied to establish a norm of civic duty. The authors therefore surmise that “robocalling” is wholly unable to affect voter turnout, which contrasts with critics’ charge that automated political telephone calls drive down voter participation. They conclude that, in order to affect voter turnout, exterior pressures from social norms would have to exist.
Policy Primer: A Constitutional Solution to the Problems of Control and Accountability in Party Independent Expenditures
Control and accountability in party independent expenditures can be restored constitutionally. As this Policy Primer indicates, one way is to eliminate the dollar limit on candidate-coordinated advertising by party committees.
Written testimony of CCP Chairman Bradley A. Smith at a September 22, 2005 hearing of the Committee on House Administration on the topic of the regulation of political speech on the internet.
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