New “America Goes to the Polls” Report Examines the Coverage Tendencies that Made a Distinction in Historic 2020 Election Turnout

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., March 9, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — The brand new “America Goes to the Polls” report — a joint effort between Nonprofit VOTE and the U.S. Elections Undertaking — pulls again the curtain on the record-breaking voter turnout of the 2020 Presidential election to look at the larger story: the essential variations in voting insurance policies throughout states and their influence on every state’s voter turnout.

“There isn’t any doubt that each one of America — residents, election officers, voting rights advocates — must be celebrating the numbers we noticed within the 2020 basic election with all 50 states displaying a rise in voter turnout,” says Brian Miller, Govt Director of Nonprofit VOTE. “But when we need to proceed to see and broaden a vibrant voters, now we have to know what labored and acknowledge that there are nonetheless vast variations in how residents can vote state--state.” Certainly, the brand new report ranks all 50 states turnout, highlighting the  insurance policies their voters can use to register and forged their ballots.

“One distinction was the file use of mail ballots and early in-person voting that made voting extra handy and safer within the midst of a pandemic,” says Michael McDonald, Election Undertaking Director and Professor of Political Science on the College of Florida. “Greater than two of each three voters voted early. To place that in context, 2020 was the primary trendy election when extra folks voted early than stuffed out a poll on the polls on Election Day.” 

In an effort to supply residents and simpler and safer strategy to forged their ballots in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, 28 states modified their insurance policies to make voting mail extra accessible. The outcomes can not solely be seen within the nationwide turnout success of 2020, however the truth that half of the highest 10 turnout states within the report had been people who mailed ballots to registered voters. Virtually all the backside 10 states required excuses for vote mail ballots or minimize off voter registration 4 weeks earlier than the election.

The brand new America Goes to the Polls report additionally highlights Identical Day Registration (SDR) — which permits voters to register as late as election day — as a vital coverage for encouraging turnout. “We noticed that 9 of the highest 10 states supply SDR which leads to a 5 proportion level enhance in voter turnout over states with out the coverage,” says Caroline Mak, Analysis Coordinator at Nonprofit VOTE. “State adoption of SDR is a promising development, with almost half of all states providing it now. Final 12 months’s election additional underlines the truth that voter schooling, registration, and activation are key to the continuation and well being of our sturdy, consultant democracy.”

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