Getting Out the Vote
Monday, April 24, 2006

Powerful new research designs in the field of voter mobilization have created a more comprehensive picture of the effectiveness of various get-out-the-vote campaign methods. With an increase in field experiments in the past few years, researchers, campaigns, and policymakers have gleaned important insights into voter participation.

The symposium participants reported advances in knowledge gained by field experiments that have the potential to reshape the past assumptions about campaign effectiveness and influence future strategies on mobilizing voters.


The event took place at

The National Press Club, Washington DC
Thirteenth Floor
529 14th Street, NW

Presenters in Session I offered social science research on what works and what does not work to affect voter turnout.

Session II covered why voter mobilization matters and the broader social interpretation we might draw from the kinds of understanding that the research presents.

Session I: What Works in Getting Out the Vote?

Alan Gerber,

Professor of Political Science, Yale University,


Presentations by:

Melissa R. Michelson, Assistant Professor of Political Science, California State University, East Bay: “Meeting the Challenge of Latino Voter Mobilization”

David W. Nickerson, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Notre Dame University: “Partisan Mobilization Using Volunteer Phone Banks and Door Hangers”

Janelle S. Wong, Assistant Professor of Political Science and American Studies and Ethnicity, University of Southern California: “Mobilizing Asian American Voters: A Field Experiment”


Session II: Why Does Voter Mobilization Matter?

Donald Green,

A. Whitney Griswold Professor of Political Science, Yale University,


Presentations by:

Tobi Walker, Program Officer, Policy Initiatives, Pew Charitable Trusts

Mark Hugo Lopez, Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the University of Maryland

David Carney, Norway Hill Associates

Hal Malchow, President, MSHC Partners