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Voters with disabilities represent largest group eligible to vote

Poster of Justin Dart for getting out the vote.

Think your vote doesn’t count?

Rutgers University reports there are 35.4 million
eligible voters with disabilities in the U.S.

Every vote counts and votes cast by people with disabilities have the potential to influence election outcomes in the upcoming November 8th General Election. Recent reports indicate that people with disabilities are one of the largest groups of voters.

In Oregon alone, persons with disabilities represent 19.1 percent of the voters eligible to vote, according to a Rutgers University report. The authors of the report write that the presidential election could hinge on voters with disabilities.

There is a significant percentage of the electorate in swing states such as Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania made up of people with disabilities reported professors Douglas Kruse and Lisa Schur of the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations. Projections are based on eligible voters with a mobility, cognitive, hearing or visual impairments, and those with activity limitations.

The overall number of eligible voters with disabilities, 35.4 million or close to one-sixth of the total electorate, exceeds the number of African Americans (28.7 million) and Hispanics/Latinos (29.5 million) eligible to vote. In addition, more than a quarter of all eligible voters either have a disability or have a family member with a disability.

For information on voting and accommodation, please refer to the Disability NEWS article about resources provided by Disability Rights Oregon in the NEWS section of the city’s Disability Program website.