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New survey finds that more than half of adults say they will vote early—prior to November 3

by | Sep 1, 2020

By Dave Andrusko

As we work our way through the enormous impact of the COVID-19 novel virus and civil unrest, it comes as no surprise that a poll released today concludes that a “Majority of Americans intend to vote early this election.”

We learn this from Melissa Holzberg and Ben Kamisar who gleaned the results from data that comes “from a set of SurveyMonkey online polls conducted Aug. 24-30, 2020, among a national sample of 37,386 adults in the U.S.”

There is a lot here for pro-lifers to ponder with just 63 days to go before the November 3 General Election.

Writing for Yahoo News, Holzberg and Kamisar tell us

Fifty-two percent of adults say they will vote early — with 19 percent saying they will vote early in person and 33 percent more saying they will vote by mail. About a third of adults, 33 percent, say they will vote in person on Election Day, and 11 percent say they might not vote at all.

Before we go any further, an obvious but hugely important observation. With everything that is on the line in just over two months, not a single pro-lifer should be numbered among the 11 percent who “say they might not vote at all.”

When it comes to voting in person on Election Day, the preferences, broken down by party affiliation, couldn’t be more different.

Yahoo News explains that less than a quarter (22%) of self-identified Democrats and those who lean Democratic say they will vote in person on Election Day. Holzberg and Kamisar explain, “Democrats are much more likely to vote by mail — with 50 percent saying that’s their plan for November.”

By contrast over half (54%) who identify as Republican or lean that way say they will vote in person on November 3. Just “18 percent of Republicans say they’ll mail in their ballots.”

Of the 19% who say they will vote early in person, there is no difference between the two parties: 21% of Republicans and 21% of Democrats will do so.

“Independents are much more likely to track with Democrats: 20 percent of them say they’ll vote in person on Election Day, 13 percent say they’ll vote early in person, and 29 percent say they’ll vote by mail,” according to the authors.

What about being registered to vote where you live? Holzberg and Kamisar write, “Eighty-eight percent of Republicans and those who lean Republican are registered to vote at their current addresses, while 87 percent of Democrats and those who lean Democratic say the same.”

Karen Cross, NRL Political Director, wrote extensively about the importance of being registered to vote (see here).

An important note. You can register to vote on line here.

However you vote

*Be sure you are registered to vote at your current address.

*If for whatever reason, you do not anticipate, or desire to vote in person on Election Day, please vote in person prior to November 3 or vote by mail.

Every vote counts.

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