Registration and Voting

Current Projects

Early Voting: Evidence from Canada, Finland, Germany, and Switzerland” – This study considers whether early voting can mobilize under-represented population groups. It considers the socio-demographic and attitudinal correlates of early in four different contexts: on-demand postal voting in Germany, automatic postal voting in Switzerland, days-long advance voting in Canada, and week-long advance voting in Finland. It looks at multiple elections, at both the national and regional level, using data from a variety of national and comparative election studies, contributing to our understand of how convenience election laws may shape the electorate.

Registration Innovation: Comparing American Registration Laws” – This paper asks two important questions concerning voter registration in the United States: firstly, does registration accuracy differ among population groups and secondly, can registration laws improve registration accuracy? This study considers election day registration, online registration, list centralization and pre-registration of youths on registration accuracy in the United States.

“Evaluating Online Registration in the 2015 Canadian Federal Election” – This paper evaluates Elections Canada’s new online registration, first used during the 2015 Canadian Federal Election. It uses survey data to explore the questions: Does online registration attract population groups that are otherwise underrepresented in voter registers and at the polls? And, by improving registration, can online registration also improve voter turnout rates?

Conference Presentations

  • Evaluating Online Registration in the 2015 Canadian Election,” Canadian Political Science Association, Toronto, ON (2017)
  • Early Voting: Comparative Perspectives,” The State of Democratic Citizenship in Canada workshop, Montreal, QC (2016)
  • Registration Innovation: Lessons from the United States,” American Political Science Association Meeting (Poster Session), Philadelphia, PA (2016)
  • Early Voting: Comparing Canada, Finland, Germany and Switzerland,” Canadian Political Science Association, Calgary, AB (2016)
  • Early Voting: Evidence from Canada, Germany and Switzerland,” Canadian Political Science Association, Ottawa, ON (2015)
  • Who Votes Early? Evidence from Canada, Germany, Spain and Switzerland,” Australian Political Science Association, Sydney, Australia (2014)



Image: “Advance poll – voting” by Julep67 is licensed under CC