Our new book is titled Divided We Stand: The 2020 Elections and American Politics. Among other things, it discusses voting procedures.
Karlyn Bowman and Samantha Goldstein have a report at AEI titled; "Voices on the vote: Impediments and confidence in the 2020 election." Key Findings:
- A vast majority of Election 2020 voters said voting was easy, despite major changes in how people voted.
- Pluralities of Republicans and Trump voters voted in person. Majorities of Democrats and Biden voters cast ballots by mail.
- Sixty-two percent of white, 47 percent of black, and 51 percent of Hispanic voters waited 10 minutes or less to vote; 7 percent of white, 13 percent of black, and 8 percent of Hispanic voters waited an hour or more.
- Out of eight possible impediments to voting, none were experienced by more than 3 percent of Americans nationally.
- Seventy-three percent of voters said they were confident their vote was accurately counted. There was a chasm in vote confidence between Trump and Biden voters that was larger than in previous elections.
In this survey, people were almost equally confident that their own vote (73 percent very or somewhat confident) and votes in their community (76 percent very or somewhat confident) were counted accurately. They were less confident that votes across the U.S. were counted as intended, at 60 percent. Democrats participating in the VOTER Survey were highly confident that their own vote, votes in their community, and votes across the country were correctly counted. Republicans were much more pessimistic than Democrats about each of the three scenarios the VOTER survey described. Fifty percent of Republicans were very or somewhat confident about their own vote, 58 percent about the votes in their community, and only 21 percent about votes across the country. In contrast, 94 percent of Democrats were very or somewhat confident about their own vote, 93 percent about the votes in their community, and 91 percent about votes across the U.S