PAVA

What is PAVA?

Protection and Advocacy for Voting Accessibility (PAVA) is a federally funded program operated by MO P&A.

The PAVA program was created under the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA). The PAVA program was designed to ensure that there is full participation of the electoral process for individuals with disabilities in registering to vote, casting a ballot and accessing their polling place. The PAVA program charges MO P&A with the duty of ensuring that individuals with disabilities have access to information and resources, which allows them to fully participate in the voting process.

PAVA Services

The PAVA program provides the following services:

-informs individuals with disabilities of their voting rights and provides them accessible voter information.

-provides individuals with disabilities the opportunity to register to vote and receive individual and systemic advocacy in the voting process.

-provides individuals with disabilities legal assistance if they believe their right to vote has been hindered in any way.

-assists individuals with disabilities in regards to voting options such as absentee ballots or vote from home.

Who is eligible for PAVA Services?

PAVA services are available to individuals with a disability.

Is there a charge for PAVA program services?

PAVA non-legal advocacy services are free. A PAVA advocate can be contacted through Mo P&A at 573-893-3333 ext. 110 or toll-free at 866-777-7199 ext 110.

100% of the funding for the PAVA program is provided through an annual grant award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families. CFDA #93.618, Award #G0703MOVOTP.

Useful Resources/Links

Election Assistance Commission www.eac.gov
Disability.gov www.disability.gov
Project Vote Smart www.votesmart.org
Register to Vote www.usa.gov
Missouri Division of Elections -- Voter Registration Form www.dss.mo.gov
Request for Absentee Ballot Form www.sos.mo.gov
Vote Missouri -- Local Election Authority Look-up www.sos.mo.gov