The mentality of the election is not the only aspect that has changed, he said, how many Americans will be voting has changed as well, though maybe not as much as originally thought.
“I think the estimates are from Charles Stewart at MIT and others, such as the EIC, are that roughly a quarter of Americans voted by mail, maybe a little just under that in 2016,” said Brownstein. “I think the original estimates are maybe half of Americans would vote by mail this time, but I think enough people have been spooked by what the president has said and about what the U.S. Postal Service has said that there may be somewhat less than that.”
Brownstein explained that even though it may be less than estimated, getting a mail-in ballot and returning it in person is still going to be an attractive option for many.
Merrill said that the distrust and questions that have been raised over mail-in ballots cannot be overstated. Buying ballot boxes was a big deal because they’ve never been used in Connecticut and many raised concerns over the security of them, Merrill continued, but she believes there will still be many people voting by mail.