WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR PAVA SERVICES?
PAVA clients are all individuals with disabilities as defined in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
WHAT DOES PAVA DO?
The Protection and Advocacy for Voting Access (PAVA) program was created by the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) of 2002. The PAVA program advocates for improved access to the electoral process by individuals with disabilities, working on systems change and outreach to individuals.
The PAVA program provides the following services: informs people with disabilities of their voting rights and provides them with accessible voter information; provides people with disabilities with the opportunity to register to vote; individual and systemic advocacy; provides training and education programs to increase informed voting by people with disabilities living in institutional settings and in the community; and, ensures that people with disabilities, regardless of disability, have the opportunity to vote.
OCTOBER 1, 2015 to SEPTEMBER 30, 2018
Advocate to ensure full participation in the electoral process for individuals with disabilities, including assisting individuals with disabilities in registering to vote, casting a ballot, and accessing polling places.
Provide education, training, and assistance to individuals with disabilities that will promote their participation in the electoral process, including education and training about legal rights and voter registration and assistance in accessing polling places.
Advocate to ensure full implementation of the Help America Vote Act and similar state legislation in New York State, including participating in advisory committees, task forces, and coalitions.
Provide training and education to election officials, poll workers, and volunteers regarding the rights of voters with disabilities and best practices for ensuring that people with disabilities are able to vote.
Assist individuals with disabilities in filing complaints under the state administrative grievance procedure required by HAVA and represent individuals with disabilities in hearings that may be held regarding the complaint.
Advocate to ensure accessibility of all polling places and all voting equipment and systems by people with disabilities, including conducting surveys and advocating for appropriate modifications.
Obtain appropriate training and technical assistance regarding voting issues, including issues regarding accessibility of polling places and voting equipment and systems.
Conduct outreach, education, and training to assure that persons with disabilities have increased knowledge regarding DRNY and the voting-related advocacy it provides.
PROTECTION AND ADVOCACY FOR VOTING ACCESS (PAVA)
Elizabeth Grossman, Esq.