Carman, C.J. and Mitchell, J. and Johns, R.A. (2008) The unfortunate natural experiment in ballot design : the Scottish Parliamentary elections of 2007. Electoral Studies, 27 (3). pp. 442-459. ISSN 0261-3794Full text not available in this repository. (Request a copy from the Strathclyde author)
The 2007 Scottish Parliamentary elections were notable for the extensive variation across constituencies in rejected ballots (ranging from 1.90% to 12.09%). This paper uses an unfortunate natural experiment to identify the influence of ballot design on the occurrence of rejected ballots, or 'residual votes'. In two electoral regions, visual prompts were removed and instructions were abbreviated on the (already poorly designed) ballot papers. Using zero-truncated negative binomial regression to model total residual votes as well as constituency and regional undervotes and overvotes, we find clear evidence that these changes made a major contribution to the extent of residual votes in constituencies within those regions. The findings emphasise that ballot design is not a trivial subject that can be neglected by electoral administrators.
|Keywords:||ballot design, rejected ballots, residual votes, Scottish elections, Political science (General), Political Science and International Relations|
|Subjects:||Political Science > Political science (General)|
|Department:||Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Government and Public Policy > Politics|
|Depositing user:||Strathprints Administrator|
|Date Deposited:||06 May 2010 08:35|
|Last modified:||04 May 2016 15:27|