Poll: Plurality of voters prefer voting in person over mail-in ballots

More voters say they'd prefer voting in person over voting by mail in the November elections, a new Hill-HarrisX poll finds.

Forty-six percent of registered voters said they'd prefer to vote in person, while 42 percent saiid they'd prefer to vote by mail.

Nine percent said they are not sure and 3 percent said they do not plan on voting.

The August 2-5 survey found that 64 percent of Republican voters said they prefer voting in person, while 53 percent of Democratic voters prefer voting by mail.

A plurality of independent voters, 44 percent, prefer a mail-in option.

Half of voters who are 65 years old or older said they prefer voting by mail.

A plurality of 50 to 64 year olds, 48 percent, prefer voting in person, while 46 percent of 35 to 49 year olds prefer a mail-in option.

Voters aged 18 to 34 are more split on the issue, with 44 percent preferring voting by mail and 45 percent preferring voting in person.

The survey comes as the number of voters who choose to vote by mail is anticipated to increase amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Hill-HarrisX poll was conducted online among 2,850 registered voters. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 1.84 percentage points.

Gabriela Schulte