United States

Population Statistics

321,368,864

Total Population

48,205,330

Population with a disability

according to World Health Organization’s 15% estimate

Election Dates

3
nov

USA President 2020

2020

30 July 2009

Signed the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities


Help America Vote Act (2002)

Updated: May 2019

Section 241, subsection (a) states:

In general: On such periodic basis as the Commission may determine, the Commission shall conduct and make available to the public studies regarding the election administration issues described in subsection (b), with the goal of promoting methods of voting and administering elections which: ​

  • (1) will be the most convenient, accessible, and easy to use for voters, including members of the uniformed services and overseas voters, individuals with disabilities, including the blind and visually impaired, and voters with limited proficiency in the English language...
  • (3) will be nondiscriminatory and afford each registered and eligible voter an equal opportunity to vote and to have that vote counted.

 

Section 303, subsection 3 states: 

(1) Notwithstanding section 6(c) of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (42 U.S.C. 1973gg– 4(c)) and subject to paragraph (3), a State shall, in a uniform and nondiscriminatory manner, require an individual to meet the requirements of paragraph (2) if...(3) Paragraph (1) shall not apply in the case of a person who is... (ii) provided the right to vote otherwise than in person under section 3(b)(2)(B)(ii) of the Voting Accessibility for the Elderly and Handicapped Act. 


Excerpts from the Help America Vote Act (2002)

 

 

Constitution of the United States (1778, last amended 1992)

Updated: June 2015

Amendment 14 states:

(1) All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside…

(2) ...But when the right to vote at any election for the choice of electors for President and Vice-President of the United States, Representatives in Congress, the Executive and Judicial officers of a State, or the members of the Legislature thereof, is denied to any of the male inhabitants of such State, being twenty-one years of age, and citizens of the United States, or in any way abridged, except for participation in rebellion, or other crime, the basis of representation therein shall be reduced in the proportion which the number of such male citizens shall bear to the whole number of male citizens twenty-one years of age in such State.

 

Amendment 15 states:

(2) The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude…

 

Amendment 19 states:

The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

 

Amendment 24 states:

(1) The right of citizens of the United States to vote in any primary or other election for President or Vice President, for electors for President or Vice President, or for Senator or Representative in Congress, shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any State by reason of failure to pay poll tax or other tax.

(2) Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

 

Amendment 26 states:

 

(1) The right of citizens of the United States, who are eighteen years of age or older, to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of age.

(2) Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

 

Excerpts from the Constitution of the United States (1778, last amended 1992)

Americans with Disabilities Act (1990, last amended 2008)

Updated: June 2015

Title 42, chapter 126, subchapter II “Public Services,” section (12132) states:

Subject to the provisions of this subchapter, no qualified individual with a disability shall, by reason of such disability, be excluded from participation in or be denied the benefits of services, programs, or activities of a public entity, or be subjected to discrimination by any such entity.

 

Title 42, chapter 126, subchapter III “Public Accommodations,” section (12182), subsection (a) states:

General Rule: No individual shall be discriminated against on the basis of disability in the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, or accommodations of any place of public accommodation by any person who owns, leases (or leases to), or operates a place of public accommodation.

 

Title 42, chapter 126, subchapter IV “Miscellaneous Provisions,” section (12201), subsection (a) states:

In general: Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, nothing in this chapter shall be construed to apply a lesser standard than the standards applied under title V of the Rehabilitation Act of 19783 (29 U.S.C. 790 et seq.) or the regulations issued by Federal agencies pursuant to such title.

 

Title 47, chapter 5, subchapter II “Common Carriers,” part I, section (225) states:

…(b) Availability of telecommunications relay service: (1) In general: In order to carry out the purposes established under section 151 of this title, to make available to all individuals in the United States a rapid, efficient nationwide communication service, and to increase the utility of the telephone system of the Nation, the Commission shall ensure that interstate and intrastate telecommunications relay services are available, to the extent possible and in the most efficient manner, to hearing-impaired and speech-impaired individuals in the United States.

 

Excerpts from the Americans with Disabilities Act (1990, last amended 2008)