Election season in Hawaii is already underway, having just completed Republican and Democratic votes for president.
With the June 7 filing deadline for state contests fast approaching, we can expect those ubiquitous campaign signs to start cropping up all over.
But, do they actually help persuade voters? Maybe not.
Campaign signs along the wall of a house on Waialae Avenue in Kaimuki, August 2014.
PF Bentley/Civil Beat
New research from the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University sought to gauge the effectiveness of lawn signs in particular.
The study’s main conclusions:
Bottom line: “While lawn signs appear to have a modest effect on voting outcomes, they could, theoretically, provide an edge in certain tight elections.”
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