The Center for Excellence in Polling recently surveyed likely voters to gauge their opinions on keeping elections secure. Survey results indicate that majorities of voters across political parties enthusiastically support reforms that will improve election integrity and security.
In a rare but notable case of agreement across party lines, more than three-quarters of likely voters—including majorities of Republicans (80%), Democrats (85%), and Independents (83%)—oppose allowing government offices that oversee elections to accept funding from private individuals and groups. More Democrats than Republicans oppose such a practice, but voters on both sides of the aisle are highly unified on this issue.
Likely voters of all political parties are also significantly unified in their support for imposing minimum fines and penalties on election officials who mishandle or tamper with elections (85%).
There is additional strong support for other reforms that would make elections more secure:
…of likely voters, including a majority of Independents, support requiring voters to present a current and valid government-issued photo ID when voting in person.
…of likely voters support requiring ballot drop boxes to be securely monitored and recorded by video surveillance.
… of all likely voters, including nearly three-quarters of Independents (70%) and nearly two-thirds of Democrats (59%), support requiring a bipartisan team of officials to escort ballots whenever they are transported from one location to another.
More than 90 percent of all likely voters say that election integrity and security are important to them. Clearly, reforms that bring confidence and keep elections secure are top of mind for voters of all political persuasions—and voters are more likely to vote for candidates who take this issue seriously.