This weekend marks 24 years since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the landmark civil rights law that prohibits discrimination based on disability. The law has far-reaching impacts, including making our elections more accessible to Americans with mental or physical disabilities, who make up 1 out of 7 eligible voters. By requiring polling places to provide necessary public accommodations for voters with disabilities, the ADA plays a critical role in helping ensure that all eligible voters have access to the ballot box.

In celebration of the 24th anniversary of the ADA, here are just a few ways the League works to ensure equal access to the ballot for Americans with disabilities. 

Our democracy is powered by a diversity of voices. The League of Women Voters is committed to ensuring that our nation’s elections are free, fair and accessible for all eligible voters. Twenty-four years after it was passed, the Americans with Disabilities Act remains critical in ensuring that our electorate is representative of the population as a whole, and that all voters can weigh in on what matters to them most.