Voters of color likely to vote by mail in November election despite lack of trust in system, research finds

October 6, 2020

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Michael Quander

WASHINGTON — Election boards across the D.C. area are expecting a large number of mail-in and absentee ballots for the 2020 Presidential Election.

The increase is a result of voters seeking safer alternatives to casting their ballots during the coronavirus pandemic.

However, some research found many voters of color do not have trust in the system.

“Overwhelmingly, voters of color are pursuing safer alternatives,” said Terrance Woodbury, partner with HIT Strategies.

HIT Strategies is a research firm based in the DMV that puts together polls, focus groups, and surveys with women, minorities, millennials and Gen Z.

The firm’s latest research centers around voting by mail for non-white voters.

The survey consisted of 800 non-white voters with a 200-person sample each of African-American, Latinx, Asian American/Pacific Islander, and LGBTQ voters.

HIT Strategies found nearly half (48%) of the people of color (POC) surveyed are likely to vote by mail in the November election.

The biggest reason for POC voting by mail is the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The inverse of that is while they are becoming more and more likely to vote by mail, they are becoming less and less confident in the system,” Woodbury said. “I think what that tells us is what we should expect on Nov. 4 and beyond and how voters perceive the counting process. Will they have confidence in the ballots that are being counted after election day? Will they have confidence in the integrity of the election?”

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