Office for People With Developmental Disabilities

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Voting Rights


Exercise Your Right To Vote.

All Americans have the right to vote, including people with developmental disabilities, and there are federal and state laws to guard and guarantee that right. OPWDD is committed to ensuring that voting rights are upheld for the people we serve, and that every person is given the opportunity to register to vote. 

How to Register

You have many options when it comes to registering to vote. The New York Disability Vote Network website has helpful information for people with developmental disabilities, as does the NYS Board of Elections website with tips on How to Register, Knowing Your Voting Machine, Meeting Voter Access Needs, and more. 

Agency-Based Voter Registration

OPWDD offers assistance with voter registration for the people we support. Anyone who would like information or assistance in registering may contact OPWDD's National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) statewide coordinator at [email protected] or by calling (518)474-2757.

The National Voter Registration Act (NVRA)

The “Motor Voter Bill” is the federal law that ensures voting rights to all Americans. This act was signed on May 20, 1993, and includes specific provisions all states must follow.