Implementing an Accessibility Law in Puerto Rico

A woman using a wheelchair votes inside an accessible station
  • The Accomplishment

  • What Worked

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Puerto Rico is a Caribbean United States territory and is included in U.S. national laws, including the Help America Vote Act (HAVA). HAVA was passed in 2002 to improve election procedures to make them more accessible for persons with disabilities.

Over the last twelve years, the Puerto Rico Electoral Commission (Comisión Estatal de Elecciones, CEE) has worked to implement HAVA accessibility requirements with support from the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES). Notable projects have included establishing Easy Access voting locations (Colegios de Fácil Acceso) and creating a Vote by Phone system for a major election held in 2012. These successes offer valuable insights for implementing new laws on inclusion and accessibility.