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Early and mail-in voting: Research shows they don't always bring in new voters

By Jan Leighley, Professor of Government, American University School of Public Affairs
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SciLine interviewed Jan Leighley, professor of government in the School of Public Affairs at American University in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 4, 2022. Leighley discussed how early voting affects turnout, how turnout differs for midterm and presidential elections, how pollsters predict turnout and how to understand the persistent gap between people’s intention to vote and actual turnout.

Below are some highlights from the discussion. Answers have been edited for brevity and clarity.

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