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Voting with disabilities: Major improvements in Kentucky

In 2016, Kentucky was dead last in disability voting rates. In 2020, we had the largest increase in disability voting rates in the country. Dr. Neal Turpin explains why.

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In recent elections, Kentucky has had the distinction of being one of the hardest states to vote in. For people with a disability (17.3% of the population), casting a ballot has been especially tough. In 2016, Kentucky had the lowest level of voter turnout among people with disabilities as well as the largest turnout gap, the difference in turnout among those with and without disabilities. Both of these numbers were worse than they had been in 2012.

However, something happened in 2020: voting got easier.

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Neal Turpin

Dr. Neal Turpin is a City Planner, and also part-time faculty in U of L's Department of Political Science. He lives in Louisville with his wife and children. (Read the rest on the Contributors page.)

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