A strong majority of voters support having a vote-by-mail option in 2020 over fears they could contract the coronavirus by going in-person to a polling station, a new poll finds.
The latest Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll finds that 70 percent of voters support a mail-in option, including 88 percent of Democrats, 71 percent of independents and 50 percent of Republicans.
Seventy-five percent of voters said they’re at least a little bit concerned about catching the coronavirus if vote-by-mail is not an option.
President Trump on Thursday raised the possibility of delaying the 2020 election, saying that mail-in balloting is rife with fraud. Trump, who is trailing presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden in the polls, does not have the authority to delay the election.
Many states have expanded access to mail-in balloting in an effort to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. The states have taken additional verification measures to ensure the integrity of their elections.
There is no evidence of widespread fraud in mail voting, although some states have been overwhelmed by the flood of ballots and the crush of administrative work, which has led to some counting delays.
Seventy-eight percent of voters in the poll said they’re at least a little bit concerned about vote tampering. Thirty-three percent said they’re extremely concerned, 21 percent are very concerned, 24 percent are a little bit concerned and 22 percent are not concerned at all. Read more at The Hill