People with Disabilities Vote Brochure

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YOUR future depends on it!

What is HAVA?

The Help America Vote Act. HAVA is a federal law to ensure that each and every American citizen has the right to vote

What is PAVA?

Protection and Advocacy for Voting Access. The Help America Vote Act (HAVA) authorizes the West Virginia Advocates PAVA program to "ensure the full participation in the electoral process for individuals with disabilities."

You must register to vote!

You can register if you are:

  • a resident of West Virginia and the county where you register
  • a U.S. citizen
  • at least 17 years old and 18 before the next general election.
  • Not curretnly under conviction for a felony

to vote in a specific election, you must register at least 21 days before the election

You need: proof of your physical address: driver's license, State identification card, utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, etc.

You an register in person at:

  • The County Clerk's office at your county courthouse.
  • Driver License offices
  • WV-DHHR offices

You can get the registration from online at

You must sign and send it in!

Your Voting Place Must Have Accessible:

  • parking spaces with proper signs
  • routes available from the parking area to building
  • doors and routes inside the building to the voting machine

If you have trouble or can't sign your name, you can make your mark and have a witness sign the vote registration form, absentee ballot application, and/or ballot.

Your Right to Vote

If you are registered to vote in West Virginia, you have the right to do so.

  • You have the right to vote at your polling place.
  • If you need help voting, you can have someone of your choice help.
  • You can ask to vote from your car
  • A voter's service animal MUST be allowed into a polling place

If You Can't Get to the Polling Place

If you have a medical condition or disability and can't go to the voting place you can ask for an absentee ballot.


  1. Call your local County Clerk. Ask that an absentee ballot application be mailed to you.
  2. Complete and return your application
  3. The County Clerk will mail you an absentee ballot prior to the election.

Why Vote?

  • It's YOUR right as an American.
  • YOUR vote counts!
  • YOUR vote may help decide who will speak for YOU
  • YOUR vot may help decide 'who is in charge'
  • YOUR vot may help elect people who decide on the rights, funding, programs, services and supports YOU need.

If You Need Help

Contact your County Commission, Clerk, or the West Virginia Secretary of State's Office



Funding for this brochure is provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families