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2019, August, 19 publication

Early Voting

Scourge or boon?

In many elections these days, it’s not uncommon for more than a third of voters to cast their votes before election day. But there’s a trade-off for this increased convenience: political parties and candidate struggle to get their message out. I was a co-researcher in a big study of early voting in Australia, published in late 2018 by the Electoral Regulations Research Network. Since then, with my colleague Martin Drum, we’ve published two updates of our findings in The Conversation. We argue that a three week period of pre-polling had serious implications for the conduct of democratic elections.

Stephen Mills