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Yahoo News/YouGov poll: Less than a third of U.S. voters plan to cast their ballots in person on Election Day

Added 10-23-20 01:11:02am EST - “Just 31 percent of respondents said they plan to vote in person on Nov. 3, while 64 percent planned to vote by mail or cast their ballots in early voting.?” - News.yahoo.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From News.yahoo.com: “Yahoo News/YouGov poll: Less than a third of U.S. voters plan to cast their ballots in person on Election Day”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Less than a third of U.S. voters say they will cast their ballots in person on Election Day, the lowest percentage in American history, a new Yahoo News/YouGov poll shows. Nearly two-thirds plan to vote early — or have already voted.

According to the survey of 1,583 registered voters conducted Oct. 16-18, just 31 percent of respondents said they plan to vote in person on Nov. 3 — about half the number who voted in person four years ago — while 42 percent planned to vote by mail or had already, and 22 percent planned to vote in person before Nov. 3 or had already done so. 

More than 35 million votes have already been cast, or more than a quarter of the 136 million Americans who voted in the presidential election in 2016.

Of those voting by mail, nearly half (48 percent) said they are doing so to avoid possible exposure to COVID-19, including 58 percent of mail-in voters for Joe Biden and 26 percent of President Trump’s voters using mail-in ballots. Almost the same percentage (46 percent) of mail-in voters cite convenience as the reason. 

Fears of voter suppression or intimidation at the polls were rarely cited as a reason for voting by mail.

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