Surge in Voters with Disabilities May Influence 2020 Election

More people with disabilities cast ballots last year, according to a new report. This demographic is poised to have a big impact on the 2020 presidential race. 

About half of all citizens with disabilities voted in the 2018 mid-terms. That’s up from those who voted in the 2014 mid-terms. This is not the only population segment to have a surge in voters. There was an increase in Latino voters and African-American voters as well. What’s more, 10 million voters in 2018 were people who live with someone who has a disability. When you add these together it means 20 percent of ALL voters in the 2018 mid-term came from “disability-households”. This is closer to the actual representation of the portion of Americans who live with a disability.

Among those with disabilities that did NOT vote, they cited reasons like illness, transportation, scheduling conflicts as reasons for not making it to the polls. 

Researchers suggest that people with disabilities could be especially active in the 2020 race for the White House.

The disability community is likely to be very politically engaged. How candidates deal, or fail to deal, with disability issues can greatly affect the votes of millions.

Let’s reach out next year and see what barriers remain to keep people with disabilities from the polls. Offer transportation for someone who needs it. Hold discussion meetings to help with the understanding of complex issues. And most of all – let’s get out the vote!

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