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Master's Professional Reports Abstract

Getting the Vote Out: The National Voter Registration Act of 1993 and Southwest Voter Registration Education Project

The National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA) was hailed as the solution to increase voting participation levels in the United States. The near-record low turnout of the 1996 general elections, suggested, however, that the NVRA is not the ideal mechanism to increase turnout.

This professional report considers the elements which depress turnout and the models with which to evaluate voting behavior. The report applies these findings to Hispanic voting behavior in the United States. The report then contrasts the approach taken by the NVRA to increase participation with the Southwest Voter Registration Education Project, an organization which helped to increase voting participation within the Hispanic electorate.

--Author's foreword.