Better data collection of disability during elections
- My Vote My Vote recommends the inclusion of questions about disability status during all pre-election and exit polling.
- Accurate statistics measuring disabled people’s political priorities and their electoral participation is scant, compared to other characteristics and societal cohorts such as age, gender, and ethnicity.
- This lack of evidence has left gaps in policymaking, leading to real-life consequences for disabled voters’ exclusion, unmet needs, and little awareness among candidates of how intersectional disability rights are as a policy area.
- There is a clear need to gather this information to build better data and from there, inform better policy decisions around accessibility.