Exercising Voting Rights: People With Disabilities
In the 2012 election, eligible voters with disabilities went to the polls at a rate of around 56.8%, in comparison to a rate of 62.5% of eligible voters without disabilities. Through an analysis of Personal Outcome Measures® interviews with approximately 900 people in 2015, CQL has developed a data brief about factors that affect to the likeliness of someone exercising their voting rights. This data brief is authored by Carli Friedman, PhD, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Disability and Human Development, University of Illinois at Chicago.
As a result of these findings, a number of factors were identified, which are categorized into five unique classifications:
- Disability Diagnosis
- Communication Method
- Decision-Making Authority
- Residence Type and Size
- Barriers, Supports and Organizations