A Field Experiment Encouraging People on Probation or Parole to Register and Vote in New Jersey

Last registered on October 18, 2021

Pre-Trial

Trial Information

General Information

Title
A Field Experiment Encouraging People on Probation or Parole to Register and Vote in New Jersey
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0008382
Initial registration date
October 15, 2021
Last updated
October 18, 2021, 10:28 AM EDT

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Primary Investigator

Affiliation
MIT

Other Primary Investigator(s)

PI Affiliation
UT-Austin
PI Affiliation
Menlo College

Additional Trial Information

Status
On going
Start date
2021-09-02
End date
2022-04-01
Secondary IDs
Prior work
This trial does not extend or rely on any prior RCTs.
Abstract
We are running a randomized experiment to test the effectiveness of an intervention that will contact people who are on parole or probation (or have recently completed supervision) and encourage them to register and vote.
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Registration Citation

Citation
Michelson, Melissa, Hannah Walker and Ariel White. 2021. "A Field Experiment Encouraging People on Probation or Parole to Register and Vote in New Jersey." AEA RCT Registry. October 18. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.8382-1.0
Experimental Details

Interventions

Intervention(s)
Some people will be mailed letters with information about registration and a voter registration form.
Intervention Start Date
2021-09-02
Intervention End Date
2021-11-02

Primary Outcomes

Primary Outcomes (end points)
Voter registration (as of election day 2021) and voter turnout in the November 2021 New Jersey general election, both collected from the state's voter file.
Primary Outcomes (explanation)

Secondary Outcomes

Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)

Experimental Design

Experimental Design
People are randomly assigned to either be sent no mail, or one of two letter variations.
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
randomization by computer (R)
Randomization Unit
individual, with households constrained to receive the same treatment in the small number of cases where multiple individuals in the sample lived at the same address (our analysis accounts for this clustering).
Was the treatment clustered?
Yes

Experiment Characteristics

Sample size: planned number of clusters
23,108
Sample size: planned number of observations
23,768
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
8838 individuals assigned to control, 7476 to information-only mail, 7454 to research-informed mail
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB

Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)

IRB Name
MIT COUHES
IRB Approval Date
2021-04-23
IRB Approval Number
2104000350
Analysis Plan

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