Justice Department Provides Information on Efforts to Protect the Right to Vote
October 20, 2022
The U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division is providing information about its efforts to make sure all qualified voters can vote and have their votes counted in the upcoming general election.
The Civil Rights Division is responsible for making sure federal laws that protect the right to vote and that don't allow for interfering with voting are followed. The Civil Rights Division’s Voting Section enforces federal laws that protect the right to vote including: the Voting Rights Act; the National Voter Registration Act; the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act; the Help America Vote Act; and the Civil Rights Acts. These laws provide many protections including allowing voters who need assistance in voting because of disability to receive help and requiring accessible voting systems for voters with disabilities.
The Civil Rights Division’s Disability Rights Section enforces the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which doesn't allow discrimination in voting based on disability. The ADA covers all areas of voting, including voter registration, selection and accessibility of voting facilities, and the casting of ballots on Election Day or during early voting, whether in-person or absentee.
For more information, see the Justice Department press release.