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Ballot Roll-off in Intermediate Appellate Court Elections
Unformatted Document Text:  Ballot Roll-Off in Intermediate Appellate Court Elections Matthew J. Streb, Northern Illinois University Brian Frederick, Bridgewater State College Casey LaFrance, Northern Illinois University ABSTRACT: Hall (2007) notes that ballot roll-off in supreme court races is substantial, but not random. Various institutional, election-specific, state, and district level contextual forces lead roll-off to increase in some cases and decrease in others. However, it is not clear that Hall’s findings apply to lower-level judicial elections, because of the low-information environment in which those elections occur. Analyzing roll-off in 755 intermediate appellate court (IAC) elections from 2000-2007, we, with a few deviations, replicate Hall’s study. The findings indicate that in many ways the variables that influence roll-off in supreme court elections are similar to those that do so in IAC races.* Paper to be presented at the 66 th annual national conference of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL, April 3-6, 2008. *The authors wish to thank Melinda Gann Hall and Monika McDermott for their helpful comments on this paper.

Authors: Streb, Matthew., Frederick, Brian. and LaFrance, Casey.
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Ballot Roll-Off in Intermediate Appellate Court Elections
Matthew J. Streb, Northern Illinois University
Brian Frederick, Bridgewater State College
Casey LaFrance, Northern Illinois University
ABSTRACT: Hall (2007) notes that ballot roll-off in supreme court races is substantial, but not
random. Various institutional, election-specific, state, and district level contextual forces lead
roll-off to increase in some cases and decrease in others. However, it is not clear that Hall’s
findings apply to lower-level judicial elections, because of the low-information environment in
which those elections occur. Analyzing roll-off in 755 intermediate appellate court (IAC)
elections from 2000-2007, we, with a few deviations, replicate Hall’s study. The findings
indicate that in many ways the variables that influence roll-off in supreme court elections are
similar to those that do so in IAC races.*
Paper to be presented at the 66
th
annual national conference of the Midwest Political Science
Association, Chicago, IL, April 3-6, 2008.
*The authors wish to thank Melinda Gann Hall and Monika McDermott for their helpful
comments on this paper.


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