Wednesday, November 14, 2012
People Want To Fix Our Democracy
Eighty-eight percent of Americans who voted in last week’s election support establishing national standards for voting, including the hours polls are open, who is eligible to vote, and the design of ballots, according to a new poll by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Currently, voting rules and procedures differ from one community to another, across as many as 10,000 voting jurisdictions, although the date of the Presidential election is shared by all.
Half of those polled are "strongly supportive" and an additional 38 percent are "somewhat supportive" of national standards. Majorities of Republicans, Democrats, and Independents support consistent standards for national elections rather than the current approach of rules and procedures that can vary greatly from community to community. The idea is so popular that it draws majority support from voters across all races, genders, incomes, and geographic regions in the survey.
On a related question, voters surveyed are more likely to express concern about "eligible voters being denied the opportunity to vote" (64 percent) than about "ineligible voters getting to vote (36 percent)." Democrats, Independents, and voters across all races, genders, incomes, and geographic regions agree on this question, though voters who supported Romney feel differently by a slim 51-49 margin.
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