I wouldn't call this study a shock -- people who sign a political petition are more likely to vote. The paper "The Impact of Petition Signing on Voter Impact" in Political Behavior notes that infrequent voters who signed a petition were as much as 20% more likely to vote in an irregular or off-cycle election than those who didn't sign.
The paper is by University of Arkansas Political Science Professor Janine Parry, U of Florida's Daniel Smith and Arkansas Undergrad Shayne Henry.
The paper also notes the benefits of crypto-initiatives.
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