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RIBEIRO, Ednaldo Aparecido  and  BORBA, Julian. Personality and Electoral Attendance in Latin America: Effects of Individual Psychological Characteristics on Mandatory Contexts. Dados [online]. 2019, vol.62, n.4, e20170048.  Epub Dec 05, 2019. ISSN 1678-4588.  https://doi.org/10.1590/001152582019195.

Studies on electoral attendance have been devoted to identifying the constraints of this behavior by focusing on structural factors such as the level of economic development of nations and characteristics of the political system, while others highlight individual variables such as sociodemographic and attitudinal attributes. Some groundbreaking research has recently investigated the impact of individual psychological characteristics on attendance in democracies with optional voting. Seeking to contribute to the understanding of this phenomenon, this article presents the result of research that sought to identify the effects of these psychological characteristics on electoral attendance in young Latin American democracies that, among other institutional particularities, have distinctions regarding the obligatory attendance. Using data from the Latin American Public Opinion Project for a set of 17 countries in the region, the findings point to the relevance of the individual psychological dimension in attendance, with distinct impacts on both optional and compulsory voting contexts.

Keywords : Electoral Attendance; Personality; Latin America.

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