Partisan Use of Voting by Mail is Shifting

Derek Cressman

It used to be that Republican voters were more likely to vote by mail than Democratic voters. Perhaps this was because Republican voters tend to be an older demographic, that moved less frequently, and so they found it worth the effort to request absentee ballots. It may also have been after experiencing Jim Crow voter suppression tactics, some African American voters were once hesitant to trust that vote by mail ballots would be counted. But, perhaps because Republicans are growing more skeptical of voting by mail due to President Trump's attacks on it (despite voting by mail himself), these demographics are shifting. In the recent Pennsylvania primary, more Democrats voted by mail than Republicans. https://www.inquirer.com/politics/election/pa-primary-election-results-biden-trump-20200618.html

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