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A Study on the Relationships between Weather Condition and Voter Turnout in Korea

  • Journal of the Association of Korean Geographers
  • Abbr : JAKG
  • 2017, 6(2), pp.149-163
  • DOI : 10.25202/JAKG.6.2.4
  • Publisher : Association of Korean Geographers
  • Research Area : Social Science > Geography
  • Received : July 4, 2017
  • Accepted : August 3, 2017

Shin Won Jeong 1

1서울대학교

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ABSTRACT

The relationship between climatic factors of election day and turnout rates based on the results of previous presidential elections, parliamentary elections, and local elections are examined in this study. It was found that temperature and cloudiness were not related to the turnout rate. In the case of precipitation, the turnout rate on a rainy (or snowy) day, but it was difficult to generalize the relationship between the two factors. In addition, there was no significant effect on the change of turnout by region or turnout by sex and age according to the presence of precipitation. It is difficult to see precipitation as beneficial for a specific political party. It can be concluded that the effect of weather on turnout in Korea is not so much, based on this study. However, since the amount of data is insufficient to examine the relationship between the two factors, it is necessary to deepen study in the future continuously.

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