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Kristin Sullivan, Associate Analyst You asked for information on voter turnout in states with public financing programs for campaigns. You are particularly interested in a comparison of the voter turnout in 1 these states to the national average, 2 Connecticut to these states, and 3 states with new programs before and after their enactment.
Today, 16 run such public financing programs. SinceConnecticut and New Mexico established programs, Massachusetts and North Carolina repealed programs but replaced them with others, and Kentucky eliminated its program entirely.
We did not count Massachusetts' first program in the report because the legislature never funded it, thereby rendering it inoperable.
We looked at election data for these 16 states beginning incomparing their voter turnout to average voter turnout in the U. We also looked at turnout rates within each of these states and how Connecticut ranked among them.
Finally, we examined voter turnout before and after public financing in those states that had recently enacted a program when we issued our first report or did so since that time.
This was not possible for Connecticut since the program did not become effective until after the election. Generally, we found average voter turnout in states with public financing programs to be higher than the national average.
When compared to these states Connecticut usually ranked in the lower half, though its turnout rate was consistently higher than the national average. Just as we reported incomparisons within each state of voter turnout before and after public financing are not particularly revealing.
While most showed evidence of increased turnout since enacting public financing programs, they often also showed decreases when compared to elections several years prior.
Interestingly, Kentucky's voter turnout increased in the mid-term election after its program terminated compared to the previous mid-term election. Thus it may be difficult to attribute differences in voter turnout to public financing programs.
Our research reveals, however, that average voter turnout is somewhat higher in states with public financing programs than in all U. This appears to be true in both presidential election years, when turnout is historically higher, and in mid-term election years, when it is lower.
Table 1 provides an overview of states' public financing programs. It includes information on eligible candidates and whether the programs fully or partially finance their campaigns.
For the last four national elections, the table provides voter turnout rates as a percentage of the voting age population VAPwhich refers to all individuals over age Public funding for major party presidential nominees in the general election takes the form of a grant of $20 million plus the COLA.
To be eligible to receive public funds, the presidential nominee of a major party must agree to limit spending to the amount of the grant and may not accept private contributions for the campaign.
Candidates may . Public Funding of Presidential Elections Brochure of a party that is neither a major party nor a minor party.) The amount of public funding to which a minor party candidate is entitled is based on the ratio of the party's popular vote in the preceding Presidential election to the average popular vote of the two major party candidates in that election.
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