Bipartisan Support for Early In-Person Voting, Voter ID, Election Day National Holiday

Feb 07, 2024
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Americans generally believe that voting is an effective way to bring about positive change in the country. But in recent years, there have been contentious debates in a number of states over the rules around voting and elections.

A new national survey finds deep partisan divisions over some voting policies, especially voting by mail.

Yet other proposals draw widespread public support, including from majorities in both partisan coalitions:

  • Requiring paper ballot backups for electronic voting machines (82% favor this),
  • Requiring people to show government-issued photo identification to vote (81%),
  • Making early voting available for two weeks prior to Election Day (76%),
  • Making Election Day a national holiday (72%) and
  • Allowing convicted felons to vote after serving their sentences (69%).

The Pew Research Center survey, conducted Jan. 16-21 among 5,140 adults, also finds smaller majorities supporting allowing anyone to vote by mail if they want to (57%), as well as automatic and Election Day voter registration (57% each).

Americans are more divided on whether groups should be banned from collecting completed ballots to return to official voting centers (47% favor, 50% oppose) and whether people should be removed from registration lists if they have not voted recently or confirmed their registration (44% favor, 55% oppose).