57% Want Ballot Harvesting Banned; 20% Disagree

Fifty-seven percent (57%) of voters believe “ballot harvesting” should be outlawed. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 20% disagree and 23% are not sure.

The United States Supreme Court recently upheld an Arizona law banning ballot harvesting.

Another provision of the Arizona law declared that votes cast by an individual in the wrong precinct would not be allowed. That provision was also upheld.

However, while there is strong support for ending ballot harvesting, voters have mixed views about ballots cast in the wrong precinct. Forty percent (40%) believe such votes should be counted while 45% say they should not.

Sixty-five percent (65%) of Republicans believe ballots cast in the wrong precinct should not be counted. Fifty-seven percent (57%) of Democrats believe those votes should count. Independent voters are evenly divided.

Data released earlier showed that 70% of voters want all mail-in ballots to be received by Election Day. Sixty-five percent (65%) believe government agencies should be required to report the vote totals from all ballots either on Election Night or the next day.

Concerns about the election process are highlighted by the fact that just 26% of voters believe that the right person was declared the winner in both the 2016 and 2020 presidential elections.

Most voters (56%) believe at least one of the last two presidents was illegitimately put into office. That includes 26% who believe Hillary Clinton was the legitimate winner in 2016 and 31% who believe Donald Trump was the legitimate winner in 2020.

Seventy-six percent (76%) believe voters should be required to show photo ID before casting a ballot. The ban on photo ID requirements has been one of the most unpopular aspects of the “For The People Act.” That law would also prohibit states from requiring all ballots to be received by Election Day.

Seventy-eight percent (78%) of voters are concerned that giant tech companies can swing an election in favor of their preferred candidate. Fifty-five percent (55%) of voters believe letting government bureaucrats set rules without approval of Congress or voters is a major threat to democracy.

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Note: Neither Scott Rasmussen, ScottRasmussen.com, nor RMG Research, Inc. have any affiliation with Rasmussen Reports. While Scott Rasmussen founded that firm, he left more than seven years ago and has had no involvement since that time.


The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from July 8-10, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 231 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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