Online Discussion: Voting by Mail for the Presidential Election
The 2020 presidential election is right around the corner. While this isn’t the first election during a pandemic, it is the first one to occur since the Spanish flu in the early 1900’s. Many U.S. citizens are eager to have their voice heard this coming November. While voter engagement is high, there is nearly a 50/50 sentiment split regarding voting difficulties people may encounter during this coming election.
The O.Y.E. tool was used in order to examine Twitter conversations and formulate a multicultural analysis of voting by mail. O.Y.E. is able to segment this data into groups based on ethnicity, age, and spoken language. Additionally, the language analysis tool gathers sentiment and keyword data to break down diverse conversations regarding voting by mail.
This analysis was extrapolated from a data set of 35,942 conversations on Twitter, of which 4,778 were from verified U.S. Hispanics and 5,218 were from verified Black Americans. All data was gathered between 08/1/2020 – 08/14/2020.