Faculty Sponsor

Tiffany Kolba


Arts and Sciences


Statistics, Political Science

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Symposium Date

Spring 5-1-2020


This project is looking at voting behavior and the reasons people vote. Upon further research, I discovered what Political scientist Richard Timpone describes as “hurdles” to the voting registration process in his article Structure, Behavior, and Voter Turnout in the United States. Timpone attributes low voter turnout rates to stricter rules around voter registration. This project will explore other possible “hurdles” other people must overcome to vote and determine if they have a significant impact on voter turnout.

To determine voter turnout, the Voter Eligible Population (VEP) will be used. VEP measures only people who can vote based on their state's rules around voting. This allows me to control for deterministic situations that hinder voter and consider just people’s willingness to vote. The VEP was provided by the United States Election Project, and organization that has been tracking VEP in each states and D.C. since 1980.

For this project, I will be looking to see if Population, Property Crime Rates, Violent Crime Rates, Number of Federal Representatives a State has, Proportion of the House of Representatives a State Represents, Voter I.D. Laws, Whether or not there’s a Presidential Election that year, The Party of the Governor, The Party of the President, the Majority Party in the House of Representatives, Whether or not the Governor’s Party is the Same as the President’s Party, and Whether or not the Governor’s Party is the Same as the Majority Party in the House of Representatives.

Biographical Information about Author(s)

As a student studying political science as well as sociology, I am incredibly interested in seeing people's behavior in relation to the political process. One of the biggest issues in the United States is our low voter turnout, so I sought to discover any reasons influencing people to not vote.