The bureau found that 69 percent of voters nationwide exploited the extension of mail and early voting options in several states—a significant increase over the previous election. In 2016, about 40 percent of voters cast their ballots through these non-traditional methods, according to numbers released this week.
The poll, a sequel of the Current Population Survey, found that the expansion in non-traditional voting was encouraged by mail-in voting more than multiplying to 43 percent. Some states such as New Jersey mailed out ballots to all eligible voters during the 2020 election. Such election moderation reforms were shown in the survey results where the percentage of voters opting for early or by mail options increased exponentially from 7.9 percent in 2016 to 92.3 percent in 2020. States such as California and Vermont, which also mailed ballots to all voters, revealed a 35 percent or larger turn to mail-in and early voting.
The results also discovered that the rate of non-traditional voting in Arizona, Texas, Montana, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, Maryland, and the District of Columbia was 82.9 percent or higher. But Colorado, Oregon, and Washington did not see a significant shift in the rate as those states had already allowed for all-mail elections in the past.
The difference in voting habits is partially driven by methods utilized to prevent gathering at polling booths amid the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus pandemic. These policies, some of which were executed at the last minute or without approval from state legislatures, became the subject of many lawsuits filed by President Donald Trump, his campaign, and some Republicans who claimed that the modifications were made in violation of the U.S. Constitution and resulted in various irregularities.
Several Republican states have passed or are weighing legislative measures in an effort to preserve the integrity of the ballot box in response to the concerns raised during the 2020 election. Georgia performed several changes to the way Georgians vote, including ordering photos or state-approved identification to vote absentee by mail. The law also mandates that secure drop boxes be placed inside early voting locations with constant surveillance and expands early voting across the state.
Likewise, Florida’s legislature last week passed a similar law establishing guidelines for purposes of voting, drop boxes, and preventing election officials from entering consent agreements.
The survey also uncovered states that recorded an increase in non-traditional voting methods in 2020 also saw a larger change in turnout between the 2016 and 2020 elections compared to the remaining states.