Voting during COVID
This week we asked about voting during a pandemic. The answers that our users could choose from can roughly be summarized as
- Vote by mail (for everyone)
- No-fault absentee voting (for everyone)
- Expand locations and hours (but not vote-by-mail)
- Leave it to each state.
- Don’t change anything
We found that in general there was a ⅔ majority for allowing everyone to vote either absentee or by mail. However, there are some clear differences based on age and party affiliation.
About 60% of those in age groups from 18-64 believe in either universal vote-by-mail or no-fault absentee voting for everyone. A sizable minority of 40% prefers other solutions. For those 65 and older, the picture is entirely different: 90% believe that they should be able to vote by mail or absentee. It suggests that those most at risk during the pandemic are aware of those risks and are looking for an alternative to still vote.
There is a clear partisan divide between Democrats and Republicans. Democrats support by 92% universal vote-by-mail or absentee ballots for everyone who wants it. Only 43% of Republicans support these. A majority of over 60% of Independents and 3rd party voters, support vote-by-mail or universal no-fault absentee ballots.
Overall, it seems that while universal vote-by-mail may elicit some opposition, allowing everyone to vote absentee during the pandemic can count on strong support among most groups in our country.