CIDNY is the downstate contractor for the Protection and Advocacy for Voter Access (PAVA) Program, run by the NYS Commission on Quality of Care's Advocacy Services Bureau.  As a PAVA agency, CIDNY helps voters with disabilities register to vote, access polling places, learn more about their rights as voters, and understand the new voting laws.  The program also provides technical assistance to community-based organizations and agencies that work with voters with disabilities. CIDNY's PAVA program serves people in all five boroughs of New York City, and in Putnam, Rockland, Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester counties.

Poll Site Accessibility

Since 2003, CIDNY has surveyed the accessibility of poll sites in New York City during primaries and elections to make sure that people with disabilities can get in the door and vote without barriers. A voter with a disability has a right to an accessible voting machine located in an accessible poll site. To learn more about this work, please click here.