Statistics & Data

Statistics about the disability community as a powerful voting bloc.

REV UP StatePercentage Point Change in Disability Vote (2018-2014)
New Jersey10.4
New York10.8
South Carolina10
Washington, D.C. 1.4
West Virginia8.8
Heat Map for Percentage Point Change in the Disability Voter Turnout (2014-2018) across the United States 
  • Voter turnout surged by 8.5 points in 2018 among citizens with disabilities relative to the 2014 midterm elections (Lisa Schur and Douglas Kruse, Rutgers University
  • 14.3 million citizens with disabilities reported voting in the November 2018 elections (Lisa Schur and Douglas Kruse, Rutgers University
  • If people with disabilities voted at the same rate as people without disabilities who have the same demographic characteristics, there would be about 2.35 million more voters (Lisa Schur and Douglas Kruse, Rutgers University
  • Impact of REV UP (Lisa Schur and Douglas Kruse, Rutgers University)*:
    • The increase in turnout between 2014 and 2018 among people with disabilities was 9.0% in REVUP states compared to 5.7% in non-REVUP states
    • Based on Census Bureau data, turnout was increased by 257,000 voters with disabilities in the REVUP states in 2018
      *Data is not strong enough to rule out sampling error, however this is the best estimate
  • Among the 108.0 million voters without disabilities, 10.2 million lived in a household with a person with a disability. Combined with voters with disabilities, there were 24.5 million voters in disability households, equaling 20% of all voters (Lisa Schur and Douglas Kruse, Rutgers University
  • The most common expressed reason for not registering to vote, among people both with and without disabilities, was a lack of interest in the election or politics. About one-fourth of people with disabilities (26%) gave “permanent illness or disability” as their reason for not being
    registered (Lisa Schur and Douglas Kruse, Rutgers University
  • Among those who were registered to vote but did not do so in November 2018, about two-fifths (41%) of people with disabilities gave “illness or disability” as the reason for not voting (Lisa Schur and Douglas Kruse, Rutgers University
  • The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) observed polling place accessibility at 178 polling places during the 2016 election. They found the following results:
  • Of the 178 polling places, 60% (107) had one or more potential impediments.
  • Of the 137 where GAO was able to fully examine voting stations inside the polling place, 65% (89) had a voting station with an accessible voting system that could impede the casting of a private and independent vote.
  • 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).
  • An estimated 30-35% of all voters in the next twenty-five years will need some form of accommodation (Rabia Belt, Stanford Law Review).
    • 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 Texas, there are 868,763 registered voters with disability license plates or parking placards; in the 2016 General Election, 72.1% of the 868,763 voted compared to 62.5% of all voters (Austin Community College)
  • 2012 voter demographic groups (number of active voters) (Schur, Adya, and Kruse – Rutgers University)
      • 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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