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).
  • 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)
  • In 2012, 56.8% of people with disabilities voted compared to 62.5% of people without disabilities (Schur, Adya, and Kruse – Rutgers University).
  • 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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