NDRN believes that people with disabilities have the same right to cast a private and independent ballot as their fellow Americans, and NDRN is proud to support the work of the P&As to provide Protection and Advocacy for Voting Access through continuous training and technical assistance.
Fighting for the Right to Vote
The Protection & Advocacy Systems (P&As) play a crucial role in fulfilling the promise of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) – a private and independent ballot for all Americans. Under HAVA, the P&As are mandated to "ensure the full participation in the electoral process for individuals with disabilities, including registering to vote, casting a vote and accessing polling places."
P&As in every state and territory do this work every day by helping people with disabilities register to vote and educating voters about their individual rights and participating in the elections process. P&As also work collaboratively with elections authorities to survey and adapt polling places for accessibility, select balloting equipment that is accessible to all voters, ensure the accessibility of voter outreach materials, websites, and online voter registration systems, and train poll workers to process all voters respectfully and effectively. Of course, P&As do this and much more through the Protection and Advocacy for Voting Access (PAVA) project. The PAVA work of each P&A looks different and can shift over time in response to the unique needs of voters with disabilities in the state/territory.