What is it about?

Weak electoral registration requirements are commonly thought to encourage electoral participation, but may also promote electoral fraud. This research analyzes the 2003 Japanese municipal elections and finds a significant increase in populations within municipalities that held elections, demonstrating cases of fraudulent voter mobilization.

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Why is it important?

By using the "election timing" as the treatment variable, electoral fraud and other electoral connections can be further examined in various settings. This allows for a broader framework to examine elections in other countries outside of Japan with similar settings in election timing.


This is the first of a series of projects with Kentaro Fukumoto.

Professor of Government and Mitsui Professor of Japanese Studies Yusaku Horiuchi
Dartmouth College

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This page is a summary of: Making Outsiders' Votes Count: Detecting Electoral Fraud through a Natural Experiment, American Political Science Review, August 2011, Cambridge University Press, DOI: 10.1017/s0003055411000268.
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