Survey suggests more than half of Florida’s voters will do so in person

Finn is the CEO of Citizen Data, which also found a big difference in voting preference depending on which presidential candidate, President Trump or …
ORLANDO, Fla. —

Statewide, more than 4.5 million mail-in ballots have been requested for the November election.

During the August primary, more than 2.3 million voted with mail-in ballots, accounting for 59% of the votes.

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A new survey from Citizen Data projects how people will vote in the general election.

Nationwide, 60% say they plan to vote in person, 35% by mail and 5% are undecided. In Florida, 57% will do so in person, 38% by mail and 5% are undecided.

“Half of them plan to vote by returning their ballot via postal service, and the other half plan to drop them off,” Mindy Finn said.

Finn is the CEO of Citizen Data, which also found a big difference in voting preference depending on which presidential candidate, President Trump or Joe Biden, voters are supporting, as well as major party affiliation.

According to the study, 59% of Republicans say they will vote in person and 30% by mail, while 29% of Democrats plan to vote early or on Election Day and 61% plan to vote by mail.

“There’s fewer Republicans now saying that they plan to vote by mail than previously, than in July,” Finn said.

Many in the survey cited concerns about mail delivery, saying the postal service can’t be trusted to deliver on time.

Just 29% of Trump voters are confident of on-time delivery, with 67% not confident. Among Biden voters, 71% are confident in the postal service and 26% are not confident.

But those who say the COVID-19 pandemic has had a “severe impact” on their lives are weighing in this way: 69% of those voters plan to vote by mail, while 39% say they’ll still vote in person, the study says.

Citizen Data believes the apparent success of coronavirus protocols for the August primary may have convinced the majority of voters that early voting or going to a precinct on Election Day will be safe.

“And I think that is really a nice model for the general election, and I think Florida voters actually should have confidence that, at least in their state, that no matter which method they choose, it will be legitimate, it will be counted, and I think it will be counted very efficiently,” Finn said.

Of likely voters in the survey who said they want to vote in person, a third of them said they would do so early, while two thirds said they will vote at their precincts on Election Day.