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National Disability Voter Registration Week: FAQ

This guide is intended to provide actionable tips and resources for libraries in any community to create or refine educational and informational voter and voting resources for local disability groups.

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Statistics

  • People with disabilities accounted for approximately one-sixth of eligible voters in the 2016 election, totaling 35.4 million people in all (Doug Kruse & Lisa Schur, Rutgers University).
  • In 2016, there were 62.7 million eligible voters who either have a disability or have a household member with a disability, more than one-fourth (25%) of the total electorate (Doug Kruse & Lisa Schur, Rutgers University).
  • In 2016, the number people with disabilities who were eligible to vote surpassed the number of eligible Black and Latino voters (USA Today).
  • The Great Poll Closure report from the Leadership Conference Education Fund is based on a study of 381 of the approximately 800 counties that were covered by Section 5 of the VRA before the Court’s decision in Shelby County v. Holder. According to an analysis of the study, voters in these counties will have at least 868 fewer places to cast ballots in the 2016 presidential elections than they did in past elections, a 16 percent reduction.
    • South Carolina on the other hand actually, "presents an example of how a state can keep fewer negative changes from happening." SC only had 12 polling places closed between 2014 and 2016 or less than 1%.
  • In 2012, 56.8% of people with disabilities voted compared to 62.5% of people without disabilities.
  • If people with disabilities voted at the same rate as people without disabilities in 2012 there would have been an additional 3 million votes cast.
  • In 2012, 30 percent of people with disabilities reported difficulty in voting, compared with 8 percent of people without disabilities (U.S. Elections Assistance Commission).
  • 2012 voter demographic groups (number of active voters)
    • White, non-Hispanic: 98 million
    • Black / African American: 17.8 million
    • Disability: 15.6 million
    • Hispanic/Latino: 11.2 million
    • Asian: 3.9 million
  • In 2008, 43 states reported that they required accessibility standards for polling places, up from 23 states in 2000. At the same time, 31 states reported that ensuring polling place accessibility was challenging. (US Government Accountability Office, GAO-13-538SP (2013))
  • In 2000, 42% of people with disabilities voted compared to 52% of people without disabilities.

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