Federal Primary Runoff Elections and Voter Turnout Declines, 1994 - 2016

Posted on December 02, 2016


Federal Primary Election Runoffs and Voter Turnout Decline analyzes turnout data for the 190 primary runoff elections held between 1994 and 2016. The report finds that primary runoff elections are plagued by significant declines in turnout that dilute the representative nature of the system. The report examines the effect of the time delay between elections on turnout decline. Finally, the report recommends alternative runoff systems such as instant runoff voting to eliminate the turnout decline problem while preserving the benefits to representation of runoffs.


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