Protection of Voting Rights


To provide protection of an individual's right to register and vote in all elections without discrimination based on race, color, membership in a language minority group. To assure the rights of persons with disabilities or persons who are unable to read or write to receive assistance in voting from a person of their choice. To assure access to voter registration and to polling places for the elderly and persons with disabilities. To assure the right to vote in federal elections to United States citizens in the uniformed services and residing overseas. To ensure that States in federal elections meet requirements for offering voter registration and maintaining voter registration lists, and meet minimum election administration and technology standards.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 04/02/2020 (Archived.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Justice
Office: Civil Rights Division
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
Voting Rights Act (VRA), Civil Rights Act, 42. U.S.C. 1971, 42 U.S.C. 1974; Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA), 42 U.S.C. 1973ff; Voting Accessibility for the Elderly and Handicapped Act (VAEHA), 42 U.S.C. 1973ee to 1973ee-6; National Voter Registration Act (NVRA), 42 U.S.C. 1973gg to 1973gg-10; Help America Vote Act (HAVA), 42 U.S.C. 15301 to 15545.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
All U.S. citizens old enough to vote.
Beneficiary Eligibility
All U.S. citizens old enough to vote.
No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. Contact the headquarters office listed below.
Award Procedure
Not applicable.
Not Applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Not Applicable.
Not Applicable.
Not Applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Not Applicable.
How may assistance be used?
The VRA prohibits State and local governments from imposing or applying any voting standard, qualification, prerequisite, or procedure in a manner that results in a denial or abridgment of the right of any U.S. citizen to vote on account of race or color or because an individual is a member of a language minority group. The VRA bans the use of literacy and similar tests as a prerequisite to voter registration or voting, authorizes voters in need of assistance in voting (because of illiteracy or disability) to receive help from the person of their choice (other than their employer or union representative), and lets registered voters vote for president even if they change their residence shortly before a presidential election. Certain specially covered States and political subdivisions are required to submit any voting changes either to the District Court for the District of Columbia for a declaratory judgment that the changes do not have a discriminatory purpose or effect, or, in the alternative, to the Attorney General, who has 60 days in which to object to the proposed changes. Changes to which the Attorney General has objected are legally unenforceable unless a subsequent declaratory judgment is issued by the District Court for the District of Columbia. The VRA requires certain counties (under formulas in the act) to provide voting and election information bilingually.The VRA authorizes the Attorney General to send Federal voting observers to certain designated counties to monitor election day polling place activities to prevent discrimination. Under VAEHA, the States must provide accessible registration and voting facilities for federal elections. Under UOCAVA, States must provide voter registration and absentee balloting in federal elections to United States citizens who are in the uniformed services and who are living overseas. Under the NVRA, States must offer voter registration for federal elections by mail and through offices that provide driver licenses, public assistance and services to persons with disabilities, and must maintain voter registration lists in accord with federal standards. Under HAVA, States must administer federal elections in accord with minimal standards for voting systems, provisional voting, voting information postings, identification for voters who register by mail, and computerized statewide voter registration databases.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not Applicable.
Not Applicable.
Not applicable.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Not applicable. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Not applicable.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
Department of Justice, Civil Rights Divison, Voting Section Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Voting Section
, Washington , District of Columbia 20530 Phone: 800-253-3931
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Salaries) FY 11 $12,354,917; FY 12 est $11,414,994; and FY 13 Estimate Not Available
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Not applicable.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Procedures for the Administration of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, 28 C.F.R. Part 51; Guidelines on Implementation of the Provisions of the Voting Rights Act Regarding Language Minority Groups, 28 C.F.R. Part 55; Guidance Concerning Redistricting Under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, 76 F.R. 7470.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.


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