Voting Access

DRM is committed to ensuring the full participation of Maine citizens with disabilities in the electoral process. In partnership with our clients and allies, we work to remove barriers to voting and educate and train people on voting rights.

Maine's Protection and Advocacy for Voter Access (PAVA) project:

  • enforces equal opportunities for people with disabilities in gaining access to polling places, registering to vote, and casting a ballot;
  • conducts training and education activities on voting rights for people with disabilities, elections officials, and other members of the community;
  • engages in systemic work to promote the involvement of people with disabilities in all aspects of the electoral process and in decisions that impact them.


DOJ Guidance

In December 2017, the US Dept. of Justice rescinded 25 guidance documents. Shortly thereafter, the New York Times archived these documents and made them available on the cloud.

Below is the list of documents that are available for viewing by clicking the link below:

  1. ATF Procedure 75-4.
  2. Industry Circular 75-10.
  3. ATF Ruling 85-3.
  4. Industry Circular 85-3.
  5. ATF Ruling 2001-1.
  6. ATF Ruling 2004-1.
  7. Southwest Border Prosecution Initiative Guidelines (2013).
  8. Northern Border Prosecution Initiative Guidelines (2013).
  9. Juvenile Accountability Incentive Block Grants Program Guidance Manual (2007).
  10. Advisory for Recipients of Financial Assistance from the U.S. Department of Justice on Levying Fines and Fees on Juveniles (January 2017).
  11. Dear Colleague Letter on Enforcement of Fines and Fees (March 2016).
  12. ADA Myths and Facts (1995).
  13. Common ADA Problems at Newly Constructed Lodging Facilities (November 1999).
  14. Title II Highlights (last updated 2008).
  15. Title III Highlights (last updated 2008).
  16. Commonly Asked Questions About Service Animals in Places of Business (July 1996).
  17. ADA Business Brief: Service Animals (April 2002).
  18. Prior Joint Statement of the Department of Justice and the Department of Housing and Urban Development Group Homes, Local Land Use, and the Fair Housing Act (August 18, 1999).
  19. Letter to Alain Baudry, Esq., with standards for conducting internal audit in a non-discriminatory fashion (December 4, 2009).
  20. Letter to Esmeralda Zendejas on how to determine whether lawful permanent residents are protected against citizenship status discrimination (May 30, 2012).
  21. Common ADA Errors and Omissions in New Construction and Alterations (June 1997).
  22. Common Questions: Readily Achievable Barrier Removal and Design Details: Van Accessible Parking Spaces (August 1996).
  23. Website guidance on bailing-out procedures under section 4(b) and section 5 of the Voting Rights Act (2004).
  24. Americans with Disabilities Act Questions and Answers (May 2002).
  25. Statement of the Department of Justice on Application of the Integration Mandate of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Olmstead v. L.C. to State and Local Governments' Employment Service Systems for Individuals with Disabilities (October 31, 2016).

New York Times, December 2017

People with Disabilities Vote! Voting Rights Guide 2016

This manual is intended to provide a simple yet informative overview of voting rights of individuals with disabilities. This manual is not a substitute for legal advice. If you have specific questions or need assistance with a particular issue, please contact Disability Rights Maine (DRM).

People with Disabilities Vote! (ASL)

Resources for Voters with Disabilities

The Election Assistance Commission has compiled a list of helpful resources for individuals who wish to vote, have questions about voting, are seeking information about voting accessibility laws, and more!

Elections Assistance Commission

League of Women Voters of Maine

The League of Women Voters' (LWV) Elections & Voting page provides information on how to register and vote in Maine.

The LWV publishes easy-to-read voter guides and their site offers information about things such as: how to find your polling place, voter eligibility requirements, early voting in Maine, and more!

League of Women Voters - Elections & Voting

Assisting Voters with Disabilities

This video, excerpted from the Pennsylvania Department of State, teaches poll workers to best assist voters with disabilities.