The U.S. nonprofit Nonprofit Vote revealed a report March 9 on the larger-than-expected expansion of mail-in ballots in last year’s U.S. election, raising new concerns for some Republicans.
The report, titled “America Goes to the Polls: Policy and Turnout in the 2020 Election,” said that for the first Time in history, more people voted by mail or early voting in the United States than went to the polls on Election Day to vote by filling out ballots.
Statistics show that a record 111 million people voted by mail or early voting in the 2020 election, more than twice as many as voted in person on Election Day, the organization that released the report said.
The report was made based on final certified voter turnout collected by the U.S. Elections Project.
The report mentions that 28 states changed their voting rules last year, which resulted in substantially more people voting by mail than in person, with most changes made without due process of law.
Many states did follow the proper procedures to change their rules. However, in several of the most contested states in the election at the time, illegal rule changes were widespread. And most of these states argued that the crisis caused by the virus was such that the rules needed to be changed quickly to ensure the safety of voters.
During the general election process, and in the heated struggle around the ballot that erupted after Election Day, Trump‘s team and allies, have taken some states to court over rule changes that were made without legislative approval. In many cases, however, the Trump team has been struck down in court.
Some Republican lawyers and officials say the Democrats are trying to boost turnout against Trump by mailing ballots to voters, which would have the advantage for Democrats of eliminating many of the inconveniences of lining up to vote against Trump on Election Day.