Congressional Forum on Voting Accessibility

By Renee Dopplick, ACM Director of Public Policy
April 22, 2013

National Council on Disability’s Congressional Policy Forum on Voting Access
“The Help America Vote Act Ten Years Later: Has the Law Accomplished Its Aim?”
Tuesday, April 23, 2 – 4:30 p.m.
Dirksen Senate Office Building – Room 608
(Senate Budget Committee Hearing Room)

This Congressional Policy Forum will help inform the National Council on Disability (NCD) on issues related to voting access for people with disabilities in anticipation of a forthcoming NCD report. The main focus will be on the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) and the challenges, successes, and barriers to its implementation today. The event will feature testimony from Congressional members, representatives from federal agencies and the Obama Administration, and the disability communities.

Former Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT), the author of the HAVA, is scheduled to testify and to receive questions. “Through his tireless leadership securing passage of HAVA, Senator Dodd fought for a simple yet profound truth: in the United States of America, every voter – including voters with disabilities — should have an equal opportunity to vote privately and independently, and that vote should be counted,” stated today’s NCD Press Release.

NCD will accept written public comments until May 7.