Protection and Advocacy for Voting Access Program – PAVA

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The Protection and Advocacy for Voting Access Program (PAVA) is funded under the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) grant which was established in the aftermath of the controversial 2000 Presidential election in Florida and was signed into law in October 2002. HAVA established an Election Assistance Commission (EAC) to serve as a national clearinghouse on election information and to provide federal standards for voting systems. It also mandated that persons with disabilities be given access to the polls and have secret ballots. P & As were provided additional funding to ensure that the rights of voters with disabilities are protected.

PAVA is authorized in:
42 USC §15461-62, P.L. 107-252
First Authorization: Help America Vote Act of 2002

PAVA is administered and regulated by:
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