NBC News is offering a rare insight into the mind of a voter who doesn’t like to be called an “electronic voter.”
Voting is so important, says the woman, who asked to remain anonymous, “that I think I’ll have to vote.”
She is not the first person to suggest that voters do not like to vote.
But, unlike the “electronically registered” voters, this voter does not mind being called an electronic voter.
In fact, she says, she is “excited” by the idea of voting in person.
“I think it’s amazing to me that people still say that voting is too complicated and confusing, especially after all of the advances in technology,” she said.
“The vote is not a single piece of paper that you fill out, and there’s no way to know what the results will be.
You just have to look at it.”
A recent survey by the Pew Research Center found that only about half of voters, and less than a quarter of Democrats and Republicans, believe they can “handle” voting online.
Only about two-thirds of voters polled say they would be willing to do it in person, and only a third say they “always vote by mail.”
In fact, fewer than one-third of voters said they would “always” vote by ballot.
Only 29 percent of voters say they believe that voting will be easier if they “have a mobile device or tablet.”
That’s down from 40 percent in 2016.
A Pew Research study of voter participation in Florida in 2017 found that, for the first time in decades, less than half of the state’s registered voters used their smartphones, while about one-quarter of registered voters did.
And, among registered voters, those who used their mobile devices to vote declined by 12 percentage points in the past decade, to 13 percent in 2019 from 15 percent.
Overall, voter participation fell by 7 percentage points among Democrats, from 57 percent to 54 percent.
Among Republicans, it dropped from 57 to 53 percent.
The latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found that just 36 percent of Americans believe their “electoral process is fair or fair enough,” while 45 percent think it is “too complicated.”
And while some voters might like to know that they have the option to vote by absentee ballot, most Americans do not, the NBC News poll found.
Only 38 percent of registered Republican voters said their party would have a policy to allow them to vote in person if they so choose.
And just 19 percent of Democrats said they “often” voted by absentee ballots.
But the lack of a preference for online voting may be a sign that some voters are more willing to be honest with their choices than others.
In the poll, 55 percent of the “very” liberal Democrats said that their party has a preference to use paper ballots, while just 18 percent of “somewhat” liberal and liberal-leaning Democrats said the same.
And among Republicans, 58 percent of independents and 51 percent of Republicans said they use paper ballot voting.
The NBC News survey was conducted between Aug. 11 and Aug. 16.
The results have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.