It’s National Disability Voter Registration Week! Today, we are highlighting current trends in voter turnout among individuals with disabilities.
Did You Know?
- In the 2016 election, 16 millions individuals with disabilities voted (Source: AAPD).
- In the 2016 election, voter turnout for individuals with disabilities was 6% lower than individuals without disabilities (Source: AAPD).
- Employed individuals with disabilities were just as likely to vote as employed individuals without disabilities (Source: AAPD).
- “If people with disabilities voted at the same rate as people without disabilities who have the same demographic characteristics, there would be about 2.2 million more voters” (Source: AAPD).
- In Ohio, individuals with disabilities had a 12.3% lower turnout rate than individuals without disabilities, demonstrating a higher turnout gap than the national average, which is 6.3% (Source: AAPD).
- If you combine the number of individuals with disabilities and their family members, this group makes up 25% of the electorate (Source: AAPD)!
As you can tell from the information above, it’s critical to continue to increase voter turnout of individuals with disabilities! To learn more about how to register to vote, visit our recent blog post.