In partnership with USA TODAY, the Bipartisan Policy Center examined attitudes about voting and the electoral process among Americans and released the third in a series of national polls by Whit Ayres and Mark Mellman. The poll includes measures of participation in the last presidential election and primary elections generally as well as potential changes to the electoral process such as redistricting and election administration reforms.
The poll reflected an expected divide between self-identified Republicans and Democrats with the former prioritizing the integrity of the voting process and the latter focused on minimizing barriers to accessing the polls. Still, some traditionally “Republican” and “Democratic” positions did not hold: majorities of respondents, for example, favored both requiring people to show a government-issued photo ID such as a driver’s license or passport when they vote and allowing early voting at regular polling places in the days leading up to Election Day. On the charged issue of redistricting, a divide emerged between Republicans and Democrats about how states should draw their district lines. The Commission on Political Reform will use these poll results as it develops recommendations for policymakers about potential reforms to America’s electoral system.