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Pandemic Effects on Vote by Mail, Medicare for All

April 28, 2020

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Robert Griffin Voter Study Group Research Director and Felicia Wong, Voter Study Group Member and President and CEO of the Roosevelt Institute, Offer Perspectives on The Hill

In two recent spots on The Hill, Robert Griffin and Felicia Wong examine possible impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on American views and policies.

Will heightened risk of contagion change the ways we vote? A new Hill-HarrisX poll shows a majority of Americans now support voting exclusively by mail. But vote-by-mail efforts are attracting partisan pushback. “People have got it into their heads that vote by mail is somehow going to advantage one party over another,” said Griffin on Hill.TV. “The overwhelming evidence that we have from political science is that vote-by-mail has a non-partisan effect.” Watch the video.

Will the COVID-19 crisis drive demand for a different approach to healthcare? Weekly Democracy Fund + UCLA Nationscape polling shows support for Medicare for all remains high—but stable. Policy change, our experts suggest, takes leaders willing to build on the moment. Watch the video.


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