Amid several Republican-led states revamping voting and election law, a new poll shows that when it comes to things like voter ID and easier access to early voting, there is widespread support from Democrats, Republicans, and independents.
The poll by Monmouth University shows some interesting results in regards to how Democrats and Republicans are thinking, after the contentious aftermath of the 2020 presidential election, and the ongoing fight over election integrity.
Eighty percent of those polled said that they were in support of requiring photo identification to vote, with only eighteen percent opposed.
Broken down by Party, 91% of Republicans, 62% of Democrats, and 87% of independents. The result is surprising, as Democrats often argue that voter ID laws are a form of voter suppression.
When asked about early voting and voting by mail, those polled were much more divided. Fifty percent said they thought voting by mail should be easier, 39% thought it should be harder. Again, broken down by party affiliation, 84% of Democrats supported voting by mail, 40% of independents, but only 26% of Republicans were in support.
When asked about implementing any federal guidelines regarding not just voting by mail, but early in person voting, 69% supported some federal guidelines being established while 25% were opposed. Ninety-two percent of Democrats, supported such measures, 63% of Independents, and 51% of Republicans.
After what many saw as confusing and often questionable voting practices during the 2020 presidential election, Republican-led states have revised election and voting laws.
As of February of this year, 253 bills over 43 states were proposing laws related to election fairness and integrity. That number climbed to 389 bills over 48 as of May 14. The new legislation covers everything from voter ID to purging voter rolls of deceased voters and those who no longer live in the state.
Democrats in the House and Senate are still hoping to get the “For The People Act” passed in the Senate. Known as SR1 in the Senate, the bill would essentially federalize election law, much of which is controlled by states via the Constitution.
Currently, it is stalled in the Senate because of no Republican support. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) has said he would not back the bill until there was bipartisan support for it.
One of the most outspoken lawmakers against the bill is South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham (R).
Graham on several occasions has called it, “the biggest power grab in the history of the country.” During an appearance on Fox News Sunday on the Fox news Channel, he added, “It’s just a bad idea, and it’s a problem that most Republicans are not going to sign — they’re trying to fix a problem most Republicans have a different view of.”
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