Washington (AP) — Democratic Party Voting review proposal In the United States, it’s not overwhelming, but it has won the support of Americans in a new study that measures the popularity of a major part of the law in Congress.
Associated Press-National Opinion Poll Center NORC In polls, about half of Americans supported increased access to early voting and mail balloting, while three in ten disagreed with the idea and the rest had no opinion. Auto-voter registration is the most popular Democratic proposal in the survey and has been approved by 60% of Americans.
In general, the division was terrible, as many Republicans opposed measures to facilitate registration and voting, and most Democrats accepted them. For example, about three-quarters of Democrats supported an unexplained vote by mail, but about six out of ten Republicans opposed it.
There was one notable exception. Almost three-quarters of all Americans, including the majority of both parties, said they would support a law requiring voters to present photo ID, even if the Democratic proposal eased those laws.
A significant number of Americans who did not comment on many measures suggest that there is room for public opinion as the parties step up their efforts to pressure the Senate to act on the bill. are doing.
“When asking questions with a particular focus on voting, we have no choice but to step into the radical debate that still resonates in the 2020 elections,” said US Congressman John Sarbanes, one of the lead sponsors. Of the Democratic bill. “There is still a lot of misinformation about the implications of accurate and fair elections and voting in this country.”
The· 2020 presidential election Dominated by coronavirus pandemic-related voting changes and floods of false information False allegations of fraudulent voting.. There were no widespread fraudulent elections, and these claims were rejected by Republican and Democratic election authorities on a state-by-state basis. By U.S. cybersecurity authorities And By court Until Supreme Court of the United States..And At that time-Attorney General William Barr He said there was no evidence of fraud that could change the outcome of the election.
Still, there is now a collective sense of urgency to change the way elections are held. But each side is on a dramatically different path. State Republicans trying to tighten rules And Parliamentary Democrats seeking national voting standards..
The two approaches reflect the disagreement of the parties on the issues that need to be resolved. AP-NORC polls show that there is a big gap between voter oppression and fraudulent voting, which are more pressing concerns. 62% of Democrats say that people who are not allowed to vote are a big problem, but only 30% of Republicans do. Only 63% of Republicans and 19% of Democrats say unqualified voters are a big issue.
Phil Dimena, a 67-year-old retired from Ashland, Ohio, who participated in the poll, doesn’t think voter oppression or fraudulent voting will be a big issue, and politicians from both parties voted so much. He said he wanted to stop being political.
Dimena, who voted for Joe Biden in November, said, “We will put the party line aside and do our best for the people of the United States.” “There is always something in common.”
Polls have found a bipartisan agreement that requires all voters to present photo ID at polling stations. However, not all of these states have strict rules, and many states allow voters to sign affidavits if they do not have a photo ID.
Overall, 72% agree with requiring voters to present photo ID, but only 13% disagree. 91% of Republicans and 56% of Democrats agree. Parliamentary bills will require all states with identity requirements to allow voters to sign affidavits and count votes under perjury penalties.
The bill is one of several Democratic laws that also includes various changes to election funding and ethics law. The House of Representatives approved the bill There was a companion measure in early March First hearing in the Senate..
But the final pass depends on whether Democrats voting in the Senate are willing to revoke legislative rules that currently require 60 votes to advance most bills. Republican lawmakers universally oppose the review of voting, calling it democratic seizure of power and federal invasion of state election power.
Democrats want to use federal efforts to thwart state proposals to limit access to polls. The Brennan Center for Justice counts 360 voting restrictions bills introduced this year. The group states that five have already been enacted and the other 29 have passed at least one chamber.
According to Wendy Weiser, who heads the Brennan Center’s democracy program, the AP-NORC poll suggests a strong support base that voting supporters can build.
“The two things that increase support are those who learn more about reforms and how they work, and those who are actually experiencing those reforms in their community,” Weiser said.
This is the case with Ancob, a 56-year-old former customer service officer in Calhorn, Georgia, who stopped demanding excuses for absentee ballots a few years ago. She supports keeping it that way as long as voters present their ID.
Cobb, who voted for President Donald Trump in November, said, “I think there is more potential for fraud in mail voting, but I think it’s okay if you can get your driver’s license and ID.” It was.Later changed her party registration independently Deadly January 6 Riot of Trump Mob in US Capitol..
Georgia Parliamentarian Recently, an absentee ballot passed a bill requiring the inclusion of driver’s license information when requesting and returning a mail ballot. And Republicans in Congress say it’s the way voting changes should be made-at the state level.
“Because it’s different from state to state, different election laws are different from state to state,” U.S. Congressman Bryan Steil, a Republican from Wisconsin, said at a recent parliamentary hearing. “At the time of actual turnout, I don’t think it’s time to require our voting system to vote universally.”
Other elements of the Democratic bill will restore the right to vote for felony and require voter registration on the day. Opinion polls found that 51% of Americans were in favor of allowing citizens who had completed serious imprisonment to vote on release, and 20% were against it. Fifty-three percent of Americans say they support allowing citizens to register and vote on the same day at polling stations, but 27% disagree.
Democrats tend to favor both proposals more than Republicans.
Cassidy reported from Atlanta.
AP-NORC poll of 1,166 adults conducted March 26-29 using samples extracted from NORC’s probability-based AmeriSpeak panel designed to represent the U.S. population it was done. All respondents have a sampling error margin of plus or minus 3.6 percentage points.