Poll: More Americans think it's too easy rather than too hard to vote

The Sept. 17-20 survey found that 44 percent of U.S. adults believe the rules around voting are not strict enough to prevent votes from being cast illegally, a rarity in modern American elections, compared with 33 percent who say the rules make it too difficult for eligible citizens to cast their ballots.

On this key question in the debate about voting rights, there is less unanimity among Democrats than among Republicans: 54 percent of Democrats say the rules around voting are too strict, compared with 79 percent of Republicans who say the rules are not tough enough.

State-level legislation in Texas and other red-leaning states have prompted charges of racism from voting rights advocates, who say people of color are disproportionately affected by voter ID requirements and limits on early voting. While Black Americans are more likely to say that difficulties in the voting process are a bigger problem than a lack of restrictions, it’s not a majority position among the group, and Hispanic Americans are divided on the question.

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