New Paper Discusses Convenience Voting Measures Among Those with Disabilities


To what extent do Americans with disabilities vote at the polls? To what extent do Americans with disabilities opt for so-called convenience voting reforms? And how does that all compare to voters without disabilities?

Those are among the questions explored in a new paper published recently by Peter Miller of the University of Pennsylvania titled, “Overcoming Voting Obstacles: The Use of Convenience Voting by Voters with Disabilities.”

Here’s an abstract of the piece, which was published to the American Politics Research website (it was first published in American Politics Quarterly):

“The Help America Vote Act (2002) sought, in part, to increase polling place accessibility for the voters with disabilities, with a particular focus on those with vision disabilities. We construct two operationalizations of disability from the November Voting and Registration Supplement of the Current Population Survey over eight elections.

A multinomial logistic model shows voters with a disability are significantly less likely to vote but are more likely to vote by mail ballot. Early in-person voting reforms have a marginal effect on the voting behavior of voters with disabilities. A matching model reveals adopting no-excuse absentee voting, permanent absentee voting, or both reforms increases the likelihood of voters with a disability casting a mail ballot.”

Interested in reading more? Access to the entire paper may be found here.

Want to learn more about no-excuse absentee ballots? We have you covered – go ahead and click here.

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