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People with Disabilities

People with disabilities face several barriers to registering and voting, working in, or running in an election.

Access-related barriers

  • For many people with disabilities, it can be challenging to find transportation to the polling station or to find their way around the building where it is located.
  • Many people with disabilities want to cast their vote without assistance, but are not always aware of the voting tools and methods that can make voting in federal elections easier (such as sign language interpreters, voting documents in accessible formats, and other types of support).
  • Compared to the general population, people living in long-term care homes are less likely to have access to the ID required to register and vote.

Motivational barriers

  • In most age groups, people with disabilities report the same level of motivation to participate in elections as the general population.
  • The exception to this is among youth with a disability, who are less likely than others to think that voting is easy and convenient. This may be because youth with a disability are less likely to receive information about elections and to have contact with organizations that can help make participating easier.

Are you interested in sharing information that helps reduce these barriers?

Are you looking for tools to start a conversation about civic engagement in your community?

Working with accessibility organizations and participants at our events, we’ve created a tool kit (coming soon) that helps people share information about federal elections with their communities:

  • the services that can make their voting experience easier
  • the ways in which people can be civically engaged