President Donald Trump has made it crystal clear that he is staunchly opposed to mail-in voting, despite loud calls from the left to institute such a plan across the nation ahead of the November election, supposedly to limit the spread of coronavirus.
According to the Washington Examiner, however, President Trump is not alone in his skepticism about the safety of mail-in ballots, as a recent poll found that a substantial number of Democrats share his concerns.
That’s a surprise
The poll was conducted by John Zogby Strategies in late May, and it included a group of 1,001 likely voters.
Putting party affiliation off to the side for a second, the poll did find that the majority of respondents indicated a belief that their mail-in ballots would indeed be properly counted. Adjusting for party affiliation, approximately 70% of Democrats expressed that same sentiment.
The surprising takeaway, however, is that 30% of likely Democratic voters either think their vote will not be counted or are unsure about whether their vote will be counted. While 30% certainly does not come close to a majority, it does represent significant number of voters, and this fact was not lost on John Zogby.
“By and large, Democrats have been calling for mail-in voting more so because it’s more convenient,” he said, according to the Examiner. “Secondly, they appear to be more conscious of the dangers of being in line and being in crowds. But if you look at 30% of Democrats with reservations, that’s pretty large.”
Same conclusion, different reasons
Mail-in voting is being advocated by Democrats as a safe way to hold elections this fall amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
President Trump and many Republican politicians, however, have argued against the concept, believing that it will result in widespread voter fraud, but, according to the Examiner, Democrats have slightly different reservations when it comes to the safety and integrity of mail-in voting.
Some of the possible obstacles to accuracy that they envision include an overwhelmed U.S. Postal Service, unverifiable signatures, address errors, and ambiguous markings, all of which could result in a person’s vote not being counted.
Bumpy road ahead
All of these worries — whether it be the Republicans’ predictions of fraud or the Democrats’ concerns over logistics — can be alleviated by keeping in-person voting in place as usual.
But, with the coronavirus still a part of American life, it looks as though — at least in some parts of the country — mail-in voting is indeed going to happen.
Thus, the scene is being set for a potentially volatile election season, and it seems that voters on both sides of the aisle know it.