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Facts About the Disability Vote
National Organization on Disability
If people with disabilities voted at the same rate as the rest of America,
there would have been at least 5 million more votes cast in the 1996 Presidential
14 million voting age people with disabilities are not registered to vote.
People with disabilities register to vote at a rate that is 16 percentage
points less than the rest of the population.
Disability service providers are required by law to offer voter registration
to their clients.
75 percent of people with disabilities report they have never been asked
to register to vote by a service provider.
There are over 35 million voting-age persons with disabilities.
In the 1996 Presidential election, 11.6 million Americans with disabilities
did vote; 23.5 million Americans with disabilities of voting age did not
In the 1996 Presidential election, 30% of people with disabilities of voting
age voted; 50% of the voting age population at large voted.
Persons with disabilities who are employed vote at the same rate as their
(Source: 1998 N.O.D./Louis Harris Survey of Americans with