Order in Chaos: Ballot Order Effects in a Post-Conflict Election?

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Ballot order effects are well documented in established democracies, but less so in fragile post-conflict settings. We test for the presence of ballot order effects in the 2010 parliamentary election in Afghanistan. Turning out for the 2010 election was a potentially life-threatening endeavor for the Afghan voter. The election provides a first look at ballot order effects in a high stakes, post-conflict setting. In this setting limited cognitive skills and information are more likely explanations of potential ballot order effects than mechanisms of lacking of effort or ambivalence of choice. Importantly, we find no evidence of a positive effect on the vote share of a higher ballot position.
Original languageEnglish
JournalResearch and Politics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2014

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