Help America Vote Act (HAVA)

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The Help America Vote Act (HAVA) was signed into law in October 2002 and mandates that all eligible voters have the right to a secret and independent voting experience. With the passage of this new law, counties in America are upgrading their election systems. The legislation aims to improve the administration of elections in the United States, primarily through three means:

  1. Creating a new federal agency to serve as a clearinghouse for election administration information
  2. Providing funds to states to improve election administration and replace outdated voting systems that function better and make it possible for voters with disabilities to cast a secret and independent ballot at the polls
  3. Creating minimum standards for states to follow in several key areas of election administration

For more information on HAVA and the text of the law, please click here.