As the Democratic National Convention (DNC) starts on Monday night, a new Pew Research Center survey has found that nearly half of American voters are now expecting difficulties casting their ballot in November.

First published in August 2020.

The findings come amid an unprecedented crisis with the Trump administration accused of curtailing United States Postal Service operations at a time when the necessity for voting by mail is soaring due to the pandemic.

Pew’s data shows that 15% of U.S. voters considered it difficullt to cast their 2020 vote in October 2018 and that increased to 49% in August 2020. 35% of Republican registered voters are expecting difficulties compared to 60% of Democrats.

Share of registered voters who expect voting in the 2020 election to be easy of difficult. / Statista

[This piece was first published in Statista & written by Niall McCarthy, Data Journalist at Statista.]

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