National Core Indicators (NCI) Data Nugget
Voting Data for 38 participating States plus the District of Columbia
Voting is one of the nation’s most fundamental rights and a hallmark of democracy. Yet people with disabilities continue to experience barriers to this core aspect of citizenship.
In the National Core Indicators (NCI) Survey, people with developmental disabilities were asked if they have voted in a local, state, or federal election. If they did not vote, surveyors asked if they had the opportunity to vote but they chose not to. The chart below shows people who had the opportunity to vote and either voted or did not vote.
When looking across the 38 states, plus the District of Columbia, that participated in data collection for this survey in 2016-2017*, NCI found that Nevada reported 63% of people surveyed had the opportunity to vote, the highest rate among reporting states.
How is your DD Council providing people with I/DD the opportunity to vote?
>Partnering with your statewide and/or local self-advocacy groups or other organizations, such as your local Arc, to provide training and education by and for people with I/DD and their families about voter rights and responsibilities
Sharing resources such as
website so all voters have the information they need before going to the polls
National Core Indicators
is a collaborative effort between the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities (
) and the Human Services Research Institute (
U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Disability Rights Section:
The Americans with Disabilities Act and Other Federal Laws Protecting the Rights of Voters with Disabilities
*NCI Adult Consumer Survey is completed with a random sample of eligible people in each participating state. In order to be eligible, people must be receiving case management plus at least one service from their DD state agency.