III. Research and Report Summaries
Gender, Race, Age and Voting: A Research Note - Stephen Ansolabehere and Eitan Hersh, APSA 2011 Annual Meeting Paper, August 17, 2011: Using a dataset of two million voter registration records, this paper shows that gender, race, and age do not correlate with political participation in ways that previous research has shown. For example many blacks participate at higher rates than whites. Additionally the relationship between age and participation is not linear and varies by race and gender. The researchers call for a renewed effort to understand voter participation by using large datasets and by being attentive to linearity assumptions.