Help America Vote Act

The Help American Vote Act is meant to improve the administration of elections in the United States, primarily through:

  • creating a new federal agency, the Election Assistance Commission, to serve as a clearinghouse for election administration information;
  • providing funds to states to improve election administration and replace outdated voting systems; and
  • creating minimum standards for states to follow in several key areas of election administration.

Highlights of NAD Action – 2008 – 2009

We accomplished the following with respect to 2008 presidential elections and ensuing activities:

  • Moderated video debate with two deaf Democrats and two deaf Republicans, hosted by DeafNation.
  • Co-sponsored and took part in (with local/state representation) in
  • community forums along with disability organizations, both in New Hampshire and Ohio.
  • Encouraged members and non-members alike to register to and cast their votes for their preferred candidate.
  • Advocated on accessibility with both the Democrat and Republican parties (e.g., captioning of TV and Internet campaign ads).
  • Advised the Obama Administration on accessibility for Inauguration Day, and debriefed with them afterwards.
  • Formulated policy recommendations to the Obama administration (through deaf, hard of hearing, late deafened, deaf-blind as well as disability coalitions).
  • Continue to confer as well as meet with Obama Administration officials to push forward our policy recommendations, encouraging bipartisan follow up.
  • And that’s not all.  We continue to educate elected officials on the
  • unique needs and contributions of and ways to advance the American deaf and hard of hearing community.

As a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, the NAD is prohibited from engaging in partisan activities; that is, we cannot favor one party over the other.  We focus on educating and informing both parties on the civil, human, and linguistic rights of our constituents — members and non-members alike.

Information to help State and local governments carry out their responsibility to make voting accessible to people who are deaf or hard of hearing is available in the NAD Memo, Making Polls Accessible to Deaf and Hard of Hearing Voters.

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