Democrats increasingly embrace voting in person

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Democratic voters are increasingly warming to casting their ballots in person rather than by mail, according to Morning Consult polling released this week.

Forty-two percent of Democrats said they plan to vote in person and 55% said they plan to vote by mail, according to the polling taken from Oct. 8-10.

In a survey conducted in late July and early August, 30% of Democrats had said they preferred to vote in person, compared to 65% who said they preferred to vote by mail.

The shift coincides with Democratic leaders now encouraging people to vote “early” – not necessarily by mail – and after a series of reports of delayed or undelivered mail from the U.S. Postal Service.

Among Republicans, 68% said they plan to vote in person and 28% said they plan to vote by mail – the same ratio from over the summer.

Overall, 53% of voters said they plan to vote in person and 41% said they plan to vote by mail.

Over the summer, 46% had said they preferred to vote in person and 48% said they preferred mail voting.

The October survey of about 2,000 registered voters has a margin of error of plus or minus 2%.

Many states have expanded their absentee and vote-by-mail options given the coronavirus pandemic.

Early voting is already underway in a number of states and more than 21 million ballots have been cast, according to a running tally being kept by University of Florida professor Michael McDonald.

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