Millions of people will head to the polls for Election Day, but people with disabilities face unique barriers to voting. Frances Harris, a Research Scientist at the Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access, describes what is being done to provide voting access for all.
The act of voting is a defining characteristic of citizenship for all Americans and is essential to a democratic process. However, out of the roughly 33.4 million Americans of voting age with a disability, only 14.7 million voted in the 2008 election.
In order to better understand the barriers confronting these voters, researchers from Georgia Tech’s Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access (CATEA) conducted lengthy interviews with voters with disabilities during the 2011 and 2012 elections, and with election officials and poll workers this year.