A new Rasmussen Reports survey released Wednesday found that most likely voters this election knew who they were going to vote for a month ago.
58% of likely voters reportedly decided their candidate a month ago, while 18% made up their minds within the final month of the election, 22% within the final week, and 9% on Election Day. This, however, is unsurprising due to the nearly 100 million people who cast their votes before November 3 this election cycle.
The survey from the pollster also asked likely voters about how confident the are that their ballots are going to be counted correctly. It should be noted that ballots are still being counted in many states because the unprecedented amount of ballots sent through the mail slowed down the delivery time of the U.S. Postal Service.
According to the survey, 28% of likely voters are not confident that their votes will be counted correctly while 71% are confident. Further, 15% of respondents are reported to be “Not At All Confident,” with 47% being “Very Confident.”
In explaining its data, Rasmussen mentioned that 94% of respondents told them their ballots would be correctly tallied two weeks before Election Day in a previous survey.
The national telephone and online survey of 1,000 likely voters occurred between November 5 and 8 and it has a three-point margin of error with a 95% level of confidence.
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The New York City Council will vote on December 9 on a law to allow green-card holders and residents with work permits to vote in municipal elections
New York’s Democratic party is battling over the constitutionality of voter laws. On December 9, the New York City Council will vote on a law to allow green-card holders and residents with work permits to vote in municipal elections.
“Around 808,000 New York City residents who have work permits or are lawful permanent residents would be eligible to vote under the legislation, which has the support of 34 of 51 council members, a veto-proof majority” reports Fox News.
“It’s important for the Democratic Party to look at New York City and see that when voting rights are being attacked, we are expanding voter participation,” Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, a sponsor of the bill and Democrat who represents the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan, told the New York Times. Rodriguez immigrated from the Dominican Republic and became a U.S. citizen in 2000.
Laura Wood, Chief Democracy Officer for the mayor’s office, said at a hearing on the bill in September that the law could violate the New York State Constitution, which states that voters must be U.S. citizens age 18 or older.
Mayor Bill de Blasio indicated he could veto the bill following the September hearing.
“We’ve done everything that we could possibly get our hands on to help immigrant New Yorkers—including undocumented folks—but…I don’t believe it is legal,” de Blasio told WNYC radio at the time.
Mayor-elect Eric Adams, however, submitted testimony to the September hearing in favor of the bill. “In a democracy, nothing is more fundamental than the right to vote and to say who represents you and your community in elected office…Currently, almost one million New Yorkers are denied this foundational right.”
The legislation was first introduced two years ago, but had not yet gained traction due to the legal concerns.
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