Statistics & Data

Statistics about the disability community as a powerful voting bloc.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 2000, 42% of people with disabilities voted compared to 52% of people without disabilities.


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