Mar 30

Past Event

Getting Out the Vote: How to Increase Turnout in 2004

Event Materials


Politicians, candidates, and students of the political system have long debated a question that goes to the heart of a healthy democracy: What are the best ways to increase voter turnout?

Election experts Donald Green and Alan Gerber, the authors of Get Out the Vote! How to Increase Voter Turnout, a new book from the Brookings Institution Press, challenge the conventional wisdom—and the advice of professional campaign consultants. Green and Gerber's research, based on randomized experiments conducted in political campaigns over several years, shows that not all popular (and expensive) get-out-the-vote tactics are as effective as they are thought to be, and that old-fashioned, door-to-door campaigning can be surprisingly effective and affordable.


Participants in this discussion, sponsored by Brookings and the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE), debated the best and most cost-effective ways to increase voter participation and youth turnout in the 2004 presidential elections.

Event Agenda

  • Moderators

    • E.J. Dionne, Jr.

      Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution; Syndicated Columnist, Washington Post Writers Group

  • Panelists

    • Anna Greenberg

      Vice President, Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research

    • Ed Goeas

      President and CEO, The Tarrance Group; Pollster, U.S. News & World Report

    • James Gimpel

      Associate Professor of Government, University of Maryland; Co-author, Cultivating Democracy: Civic Environments and Political Socialization in America

    • Zephyr Teachout

      Former Director for Internet Organizing and Outreach, Dean for America Campaign

  • Presentations

    • Alan Gerber

      Director, Center for the Study of American Politics; Professor of Political Science, Yale University

    • Donald P. Green

      Director, Institution for Social and Policy Studies; Professor of Political Science, Yale University

    • William A. Galston

      Senior Fellow, Governance Studies

      The Ezra K. Zilkha Chair in Governance Studies


March 30, 2004

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT

Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.


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