HOUSTON — Tuesday was the first day of early voting in Texas, and voters showed in droves. But what about those mail ballots? A survey done by Rice University found that voters here in Harris County are still confused about them.
Bob Stein along with other professors at Rice University recently conducted a survey with Harris County voters. In the last few months, they polled more than 4,000 voters via email.
The main concern was COVID-19 impacting their voting methods? They found an increase in the number of people wanting to send in mail ballots. However, the problem is voters are still confused how this works.
"As many as 2/3 of voters did not know the proper ways to acquire a mail in ballot. And over 53% did not know the proper ways to return a mail in ballot," Stein said.
And because of this confusion researchers tell us many people might just cast their vote at a polling location.
"Are now moving to in-person early voting because they are confused and concerned the postal service might not get their ballot back. That they cannot return mail in ballot to multiple locations," Stein said.
The survey also found that voters were happy with PPE equipment provided to poll workers, the spacing at locations, drive through methods and even the voting glove.
But regardless of the COVID threat, researchers tell us Democrats and Republicans in Harris County are determined to cast their vote.
"No difference everyone is voting in this election I think it will be the highest turnout in this election we have seen in this century," Stein said.
If you've signed up to vote by mail and are still confused on how this process works. You can check out the link bellows from the county clerk's office and the League of Women's Voters that can walk you through the process.