About the NCIL Voting Rights Subcommittee

The mission of the NCIL Voting Rights Task Force is to increase the participation of people with disabilities in the electoral process in order to maximize our ability to affect federal, state, and local political priorities. This will include registering and educating all consumers, staff, family and allies to vote. This will include contacting political candidates to determine their positions on various disability issues.  This includes encouraging people with disabilities to become candidates for public office at all levels of government.

This Task Force is currently open to accepting new members. Current NCIL individual membership is required to join any NCIL Committee, Subcommittee, Task Force, or Caucus.

“VOTE as if your life depends on it – Because it DOES!” - Justin Dart

VOTE Emblem features the universal sybol of accessibility holding a paper with "Choice" check marked and "Option" uncheckedFull political participation for Americans with disabilities is a top priority. NCIL Voting Rights Subcommittee works with state and national coalitions on effective, non-partisan campaigns to:

  • Eliminate barriers to voting, promoting accessible voting technology and polling places;
  • Educate voters about issues and candidates;
  • Promote turnout of voters with disabilities across the country; and
  • Protect eligible voters’ right to participate in elections.

Conference Materials:

New Resources:

GAO (US Government Accountability Office) Reports

Accessible Websites

Make Your Sample Ballot Accessible

These companies have a track record with making sample ballots accessible:

Fact Sheet on Turnout by Voters with Disabilities

Voter Turnout by State 2012

Open this data in table format (PDF)

Alabama

  • Disability: 62.7%
  • No disability: 57.8%
  • Disability Gap: -4.9%

Alaska

  • Disability: 58.3%
  • No disability: 59.1%
  • Disability Gap: 0.9%

Arizona

  • Disability: 56.9%
  • No disability: 48.1%
  • Disability Gap: -8.9%

Arkansas *

  • Disability: 54.7%
  • No disability: 46.2%
  • Disability Gap: -8.4%

California **

  • Disability: 58.4%
  • No disability: 50.4%
  • Disability Gap: -8.0%

Colorado

  • Disability: 71.1%
  • No disability: 65.6%
  • Disability Gap: -5.5%

Connecticut **

  • Disability: 63.8%
  • No disability: 52.7%
  • Disability Gap: -11.1%

Delaware

  • Disability: 66.8%
  • No disability: 71.1%
  • Disability Gap: 4.3%

Florida

  • Disability: 60.7%
  • No disability: 62.0%
  • Disability Gap: 1.3%

Georgia *

  • Disability: 62.9%
  • No disability: 54.9%
  • Disability Gap: -8.0%

Hawaii

  • Disability: 51.7%
  • No disability: 51.4%
  • Disability Gap: -0.2%

Idaho

  • Disability: 64.9%
  • No disability: 56.6%
  • Disability Gap: -8.3%

Illinois

  • Disability: 61.6%
  • No disability: 60.4%
  • Disability Gap: -1.2%

Indiana

  • Disability: 59.9%
  • No disability: 54.8%
  • Disability Gap: -5.2%

Iowa

  • Disability: 70.2%
  • No disability: 63.9%
  • Disability Gap: -6.3%

Kansas

  • Disability: 63.3%
  • No disability: 63.0%
  • Disability Gap: -0.3%

Kentucky **

  • Disability: 61.4%
  • No disability: 48.5%
  • Disability Gap: -12.9%

Louisiana *

  • Disability: 67.6%
  • No disability: 58.7%
  • Disability Gap: -8.9%

Maine **

  • Disability: 71.0%
  • No disability: 55.9%
  • Disability Gap: -15.1%

Maryland *

  • Disability: 66.0%
  • No disability: 58.3%
  • Disability Gap: -7.7%

Massachusetts **

  • Disability: 72.3%
  • No disability: 59.7%
  • Disability Gap: -12.6%

Michigan **

  • Disability: 68.0%
  • No disability: 60.7%
  • Disability Gap: -7.3%

Minnesota **

  • Disability: 74.2%
  • No disability: 65.7%
  • Disability Gap: -8.4%

Mississippi *

  • Disability: 75.9%
  • No disability: 67.9%
  • Disability Gap: -8.0%

Missouri **

  • Disability: 65.8%
  • No disability: 53.5%
  • Disability Gap: -12.2%

Montana

  • Disability: 65.8%
  • No disability: 64.9%
  • Disability Gap: -0.9%

Nebraska

  • Disability: 61.5%
  • No disability: 62.2%
  • Disability Gap: 0.7%

Nevada

  • Disability: 57.9%
  • No disability: 58.5%
  • Disability Gap: 0.7%

New Hampshire **

  • Disability: 70.8%
  • No disability: 59.0%
  • Disability Gap: -11.9%

New Jersey

  • Disability: 62.5%
  • No disability: 56.8%
  • Disability Gap: -5.7%

New Mexico

  • Disability: 62.1%
  • No disability: 57.7%
  • Disability Gap: -4.5%

New York **

  • Disability: 59.7%
  • No disability: 50.2%
  • Disability Gap: -9.5%

North Carolina *

  • Disability: 69.8%
  • No disability: 62.5%
  • Disability Gap: -7.3%

North Dakota

  • Disability: 64.7%
  • No disability: 57.2%
  • Disability Gap: -7.6%

Ohio *

  • Disability: 63.9%
  • No disability: 58.3%
  • Disability Gap: -5.6%

Oklahoma

  • Disability: 53.0%
  • No disability: 49.4%
  • Disability Gap: -3.6%

Oregon

  • Disability: 67.8%
  • No disability: 66.6%
  • Disability Gap: -1.1%

Pennsylvania **

  • Disability: 62.6%
  • No disability: 54.9%
  • Disability Gap: -7.7%

Rhode Island

  • Disability: 62.7%
  • No disability: 61.0%
  • Disability Gap: -1.7%

South Carolina

  • Disability: 65.5%
  • No disability: 59.8%
  • Disability Gap: -5.7%

South Dakota

  • Disability: 60.4%
  • No disability: 64.7%
  • Disability Gap: 4.2%

Tennessee **

  • Disability: 57.4%
  • No disability: 47.9%
  • Disability Gap: -9.5%

Texas

  • Disability: 53.5%
  • No disability: 55.8%
  • Disability Gap: 2.3%

Utah

  • Disability: 56.7%
  • No disability: 59.8%
  • Disability Gap: 3.1%

Vermont

  • Disability: 63.4%
  • No disability: 62.1%
  • Disability Gap: -1.3%

Virginia **

  • Disability: 68.2%
  • No disability: 57.1%
  • Disability Gap: -11.1%

Washington

  • Disability: 66.0%
  • No disability: 63.6%
  • Disability Gap: -2.4%

Washington, DC **

  • Disability: 77.6%
  • No disability: 63.8%
  • Disability Gap: -13.8%

West Virginia

  • Disability: 48.8%
  • No disability: 42.9%
  • Disability Gap: -5.8%

Wisconsin **

  • Disability: 74.7%
  • No disability: 66.5%
  • Disability Gap: -8.2%

Wyoming

  • Disability: 58.7%
  • No disability: 59.7%
  • Disability Gap: 1.0%

* Difference from non-disability sample is significant at 95% level

** 99% level

The percentages in each state are based on US Census data.  No disability is the percentage of the total number of residents in each state that are of voting age and voted and people with disabilities are the percentage of the total number of residents with disabilities that are of voting age and voted