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Protection and Advocacy for Voter Access (PAVA)

Statutory Authority

42 USC §15461-62, P.L. 107-252

First Authorization:  Help America Vote Act of 2002

Designation

Protection and advocacy system established pursuant to part C of title I of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act (42 U.S.C. §15001).

Purpose

Ensure full participation in the electoral process for individuals with disabilities, including registering to vote, casting a vote and accessing polling places.

Eligibility

People with disabilities as defined in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Services

1.

Support training in the use of voting systems and technologies

2.

Demonstrate and evaluate the use of such systems and technologies, by individuals with disabilities (including blindness) in order to assess the availability and use of such systems and technologies for such individuals.

None of the funds shall be used to initiate or otherwise participate in any litigation related to election-related disability access.

Federal Administration

Faith McCormick, Division Chief

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)

Administration for Children and Families (ACF)

Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD)

HHS, Mail Stop HHH 453-G

370 L’Enfant Promenade, SW

Washington, DC   20447

Phone: (202) 401-6970,  Fax: (202) 690-6904

E-mail:  fmccormick@acf.hhs.gov

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