Research, Videos & Articles

The Voter Mobilization Campaign is built on Social Work’s core values and code of ethics. It is guided by evidence showing positive effects of voting, voter engagement and voter turnout on individuals and communities.

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Research: recommended articles

Here are some of the articles we recommend, including an Annotated Bibliography on Benefits to Voting for a summary of articles on the benefits of voting for individuals and communities.

  • Hardina, D. (2003). What Social Workers Need to Know About the Right to Vote. The Social Policy Journal, 2:4, 53-70. What social workers need to know about the right to vote
  • Ballard, P., Hoyt, L., & Pachucki, M. (2018). Impacts of Adolescent and Young Adult Civic Engagement on Health and Socioeconomic Status in Adulthood. Child Development, pg. 1-17.
  • CIRCLE. Civic engagement among registered citizens and non-registered eligible citizens. (2011) Retrieved from
  • Florida Parole Commission. Status update: Restoration of civil rights cases granted 2009 and 2010. (2011) Retrieved from
  • Hylton, M., Rhodes Smith, T., Powers, J., Ostrander, J. & Lane, S.R. (in press). The Power of Three: Infusing voter engagement in lower level BSW courses.  Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work.
  • Kansas Health Foundation. Kansas Civic Health Index. (2016) Retrieved from:
  • Klar, M., & Kasser, T. (2009). Some benefits of being an activist: Measuring activism and its role in psychological well-being. Political Psychology, 30 (5), 755- 777.
  • Leighley, J.E., & Nagler, J. (2013). Who votes now?: Demographics, issues, inequality, and turnout in the United States. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.
  • Lane, S.R., Humphreys, N.A., Graham, E., Matthews, N. & Moriarty, J. (2007). Voter registration: Empowering clients through agency-based voter registration. Journal of Policy Practice, 6(4), 79-94. doi: 10.1300/J508v06n04_06
  • Martin, P. S. (2003). Voting’s re- wards: voter turnout, attentive publics, and congressional allocation of federal money. American Journal of Political Science, 47(1), 110-127.
  • Martin, P. S., & Claibourn, M. P. (2013). Citizen participation and congressional responsiveness: New evidence that participation matters. Legislative Studies Quarterly, 38(1), 59-81
  • National Conference on Citizenship. Civic health and unemployment. Retrieved from
  • Piven, F. F., & Cloward, R. A. (2000). Why Americans Still Don’t Vote and Why Politicians Want it That Way. Boston: Beacon Press.
  • Pritzker, S.R. & Lane, S.R. (2017). Commentary: Political social work: History, forms and opportunities for innovation. Social Work, 62(1), 80-82 (special issue on Civil Rights and Social Justice). doi: 10.1093/sw/sww072
  • Rolfe, M. (2013). Voter turn- out: A social theory of political participation. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.
  • Sanders, L. M. (August 30-September 2, 2001). The psychological benefits of political participation. In Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association: 2001 2001; San Francisco. Retrieved from    http://www.nonprofitvote. org/ documents/ 2010/11/the-psychological-benefits-of-political- participation.pdf
  • Uggen, C., Larson, R., & Shannon, S. (2016, October 6th). 6 million lost voters: State-level estimates of felony disenfranchisement, 2016. Retrieved from http:// www.sentencingproject. org/ publications/6-million-lost- voters- state-level-estimates-felony-disenfranchisement-2016/
  • Hohmann, J. (2018, July 27). The Daily 202: Puerto Ricans who fled to Florida after Hurricane Maria are not registering to vote. Retrieved from

News Articles

NY Times 1/4/2018: For Native Americans, a ‘Historic Moment’ on the Path to Power at the Ballot Box

The Center for Information and Reseachon Civic Learning and Engement: Civic Health and Unemployment: Can Engagement Strengthen the Economy

Atlantic Magazine (1/2018): How Letting Felons Vote is Changing Virginia (Note: After the Virginia Supreme Court invalidated the Governor's executive order to restore rights to more than 200, 000  people with felony convictions, former Governor Terry McAuliffe individually restored rights for more than 150,000 Virginia residents. )


  • Lane, S.R. & Pritzker, S. (2018). Political social work: Using power to create social change. New York, NY: Springer International.
  • Berman, Ari. (2015) Give us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America. New York, NY: Picador, Ferrar, Straus & Giroux.


CRISP Inc:  Will Young Voters Come of Age in 2018