Disabled people who had trouble voting falls dramatically: report

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Difficulties with access to voting reported by disabled Americans fell significantly between 2012 and 2020, according to research published Wednesday by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC).

The EAC report found about 1 in 9 disabled respondents reported voting difficulties in 2020, compared to more than a quarter of non-disabled Americans.

The gap between disabled and non-disabled voters who experienced voting problems also narrowed significantly, at 11.4 percent versus 6.4 percent in 2020 compared to 26.1 percent versus 7.4 percent in 2012.

“The positive thing is more Americans were able to vote this year without difficulties than we’ve seen in the past, but it also shows we’ve still got work to do,” EAC Chairman Ben Hovland told The Hill.

The report also found a drop in disabled people voting in-person experiencing difficulties. In 2012, 30 percent reported problems in in-person voting compared to 18 percent in 2021.

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