This chapter analyzes the links between public funding and voter participation. Namely, it asks whether public funding leads to the casting of more complete ballots. The chapter argues that funding is most likely to affect voting propensity by raising confidence in voters' minds that they have sufficient information to choose the candidate who best represents their interests. More people will therefore vote “correctly,” raising the probability of election for the candidate whose positions best reflect those of the district. This in turn will indirectly enhance the quality of representation in the legislature, regardless of whether it alters the competitiveness of elections.
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