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Statewide poll indicates support for vote-by-mail

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A recent state-wide poll asks Michigan voters if they support voting by mail.

The survey by Lansing-based EPIC-MRA asked more than 600 registered Michigan voters – 40% of them by cell phone – if they support the ability to vote by mail.

In a news release, “It had strong support in every region of the state, every age group, income group, every levels of education, every religious group, racial group, and just about every other demographic group.”

Still, it broke in popularity among political affiliations with 93% of Democrats and 69% of Independents overwhelming in support. Just 3-in-10 Republicans were in favor.

Two questions were asked. The first; “Voting by mail has been successfully used in Michigan and many other states, ensures the health and safety of all voters and election workers, and we should work to make sure more Michigan voters have the opportunity to cast their ballots this way.” A majority 63% agreed with the statement.

When asked, “Voting by mail is not secure, and we should not encourage more use of it because it opens the door to widespread voter fraud.” Fewer respondents, 33% agreed with that statement.

The survey was conducted in late-may and early June and has a plus/minus error of 4%.

I’m Patrick Center

Patrick joined WGVU Public Media in December, 2008 after eight years of investigative reporting at Grand Rapids' WOOD-TV8 and three years at WYTV News Channel 33 in Youngstown, Ohio. As News and Public Affairs Director, Patrick manages our daily radio news operation and public interest television programming. An award-winning reporter, Patrick has won multiple Michigan Associated Press Best Reporter/Anchor awards and is a three-time Academy of Television Arts & Sciences EMMY Award winner with 14 nominations.