COVID-19 and the Disability Vote

This policy report from the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) explores the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on voting accessibility and provides key policy recommendations to ensure that voters with disabilities have full access to our democracy in 2020 and beyond. These recommendations include:

State & County Election Offices:

  • Make sure all voters can register to vote and cast a ballot remotely.
  • Allow voters with disabilities to receive and mark their ballot digitally.
  • Make in-person voting safe and accessible with early voting, curbside voting, and more.
  • Educate voters on voting rights, options, and safety in multiple and accessible formats.
  • Ensure voters in congregate settings can register to vote and cast their ballot.
  • Explore, innovate, and test electronic voting methods.

Federal Government:

  • Ensure states have the funding needed to make voting safe and accessible this election.
  • Pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2020 for equitable elections.
  • Restore the United States Postal Service’s capacity to deliver election mail on time.


Read the full report.

View the Press Release and Press Toolkit.


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