A new study, from R. Michael Alvarez and Thad E. Hall of Caltech/MIT Voting Technology Project, looks at which types of “convenience voting” reforms are most supported by the American people.
The study gathered data from 10,000 voters, 200 people from each of the 50 states, to examine the strength of support for each of three election reform areas – voter registration, Election Day streamlining, and protecting the security of elections.
Data findings include:
- 75.6 % support requiring photo identification to vote
- 57.5% support making Election Day a holiday
- 48.3% support automatically registering citizens to vote
- 43.7% support Election Day Registration
Along with finding occasionally strong regional biases for or against certain reforms, the study’s qualitative findings include:
- Non-white voters are less supportive of voting by mail, but are more likely to support automatic registration or Election Day Registration
- Voters who have had a registration problem in the past are overwhelmingly in favor of both automatic and Election Day Registration
- Strong support for the idea that a voter’s experience on Election Day at their polling place is associated with the election reforms they support